Edina 7th grader whose map IQ is tops in MN will compete nationally

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EDINA, Minn. --  Alex Conrad will never get lost. Because he has a mind for maps.

"I got my first atlas when I was two and I just kind of sat and looked at it," Alex explained as he described his loves of all things geography.

Alex could have given directions to "Sesame Street" in preschool.

"He started when he was two, his interest in maps, and he would tear into maps in the car and just start looking at them," Alex's dad Peter Conrad said.

Over the years, more maps and atlases have been added to the collection, as has Alex's hunger for learning even more.

He knows the capitol of every country and when it comes to his home state--don't bother trying to trip him.

He knows that there are 21 thousand lakes and ponds statewide. He also knows liking this stuff has its drawbacks.

"Most kids think it's dorky," Alex said with a grin.

But what is cool about Alex is that most kids can go ahead and get lost because he knows exactly where he is going.

For starters, he's going to the National Geography Bee Finals in Washington D.C., where he could win another 25-thousand dollars for college.

That's the kind of thing that might just make geek, go chic.  

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