Contolini Wins Colorado Geography Bee A Second Time

DENVER (AP) — She’s done it again.

For the second straight year, 13-year-old Isabella Contolini has won the Colorado state finals of the National Geographic Society’s geography bee.

The seventh-grader at Dunstan Middle School in Lakewood won Friday by correctly answering that Basra is the principal port in Iraq.

In second place was 11-year-old Pranit Nanda, who is in fifth grade at Aurora Quest K-8 in Aurora.

Fourteen-year-old Felipe Prado of Cimarron Middle School in Parker finished third during the Colorado bee at the University of Denver.

Isabella now heads to Washington, where she will compete with other state and territorial winters for a chance at a $25,000 scholarship.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

  • denvervet

    She must have a great memory for this stuff. I commend her and her parents! I hope she does well in Washington. Nice to read things like this, nice to see a young lady such as this do well. God bless her.

    • Enrico

      I am Isabella’s dad. Thank you for your comment “denvervet”. We are proud of Isabella and feel blessed as a family. You can read more about Isabella on our website:
      God Bless you too.

  • Isabella

    This is Isabella. Thanks so much, Denvervet! I appreciate the support. :-) Please pray for me as I go to Washington, D.C.

  • Lilia

    GO ISABELLA!!! You did AWESOMETASTIC and you are like a genius. The other article from DU blog was way better because here they don’t even talk about how amazing you did. OH WELL!!! Your hard work paid off–again!
    ♥ lilia

  • Marco Prado

    Congratulations Isabella..!!! We are sure you will represent Colorado very well in Washington. We will pray for you. Great job..!
    Marco and Liliana (Felipe Prado parents)

    • Enrico

      Thank you so much. You have a lovely family.
      If you would like to stay in touch, as we would, our email can be found on our website:
      Que Dio te bendiga
      Thanks for the prayers.

  • Pranit's family

    Congratulations Isabella. We know you will do very well at the nationals too.

    Pranit Nanda & Family

    • Enrico

      Nanda and family. It was great to meet you.

      We hope to stay in touch. You have our contact information.

      Enrico, Isabella and family

  • Jan Quesnooy

    What fine spellers we have in Colorado! We’re especially proud of our neighbor Felipi Prado. Congratulations to to all of the contestants.

  • Mike Sparkman's Family

    Congratulations to Isabella! Good luck in D.C., we are pulling for you.

  • Dario

    Great Isabella. Repeat yourself is harder than win a first time. This is a confirmation… I had no doubs. A fun from Italy.

  • Jonas Fuglsang-Petersen

    Great Job!!! I pray that you win the National Contest in D.C. I know you will make it. I wouldn’t be able to study geography 4 hours a day, even though it’s a very interesting topic…
    ♥ ♥ ♥

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