Sometimes it can be humbling to be governor.
Gov. Brad Henry, after posing for pictures today with the top three winners in last week’s Oklahoma Geographic Bee, was put on the spot: Would he answer the question that 8th-grader Tyler Bowen of Lakeview Middle School in Yukon knew to win the state championship?
Sure, the governor told Tyler and the other top finishers, 5th-grader Nathan Thompson of Washington Elementary School in Norman, who finished second, and 8th-grader Nathan Jackson of Central Junior High School in Moore, who finished third among 100 competitors.
The question: The largest city and commercial center of Qatar (pronounced cutter) has a deep-water port. Name this capital city.
Henry looked at his inquisitors and jokingly asked if he could call a friend.
Perhaps knowing he likely would call his wife, Kim, a former schoolteacher, the boys quickly said no. But they gave him a hint: It’s a four-letter word.
Henry couldn’t come up with the answer.
He shouldn’t feel badly, says William Amburn of Bartlesville, a 7th-grade geography teacher at Central Middle School in Bartlesville and the state coordinator for the geographic bee, sponsored by National Geographic. State schools Superintendent Sandy Garrett also muffed it.
Tyler, by claiming the state competition, wins an expenses-paid trip to the national competition May 22-23 in Washington. The winner gets a $25,000 scholarship.
Had enough time to think of the answer? It’s Doha.