Courtesy of family


She Found Mapman!

Courtesy of family

Monica Chen

Our Can You Find Mapman®? contest from December 2022 challenged readers to figure out Mapman’s destination—Barbados—and create a map of that Caribbean nation. 

We received about 2,000 entries from 34 states. The grand-prize winner is Monica Chen of Amity Middle School in Orange, Connecticut. The 14-year-old won for her entry’s bold design. “It feels unreal to win,” Monica says. “I was a runner-up last year, so my family, friends, and teachers encouraged me to enter again.”

Drawn on top of a vivid sunset, Monica’s map (above) is flanked by a flying fish, a mahi-mahi, and a brown pelican. The Pride of Barbados, a small shrub, wraps around the island. A sand dollar, a two-spined sea star, and an elkhorn coral appear on a beach below the national flag.

Congratulations to Monica and her teacher, Jennifer Marganski. They will each receive $250. The runners-up will each get a Mapman T-shirt. Mapman will soon head off to a new location. Look for our contest again next school year!


Isla Andrews, Marblehead, MA • Khloe Becker, Prosperity, SC • Eric Burke, Rifton, NY • Emma Cecil, Tremont, IL • Reilly Cooper, Anchorage, AK • Silvi Emami-Greifendorf, Rangeley, ME • Mary Corinne Fore, Signal Mountain, TN • Taralyn Frailey, Whittier, CA • Kyle Fritzsche, State College, PA • Dailyn Garcia, Coral Springs, FL • Chennah Kim, McAllen, TX • Julianne Kraft, Parker, CO • Yunji Lee, Irvine, CA • Kingsley McBride, Kansas City, MO • Savanah Nguyen, Union, KY • Leah Nott, Westfield, NJ • Liliana Salazar, La Grange, IL • Amelia Shipley, Parma Heights, OH • Gavin Smith, Sandy Springs, GA • Aiden Steinwald, Westfield, NJ • Ava Thomas, Rochester, IN • Miles Thomas, Hudson, NH • Evan Trebatowski, White Bear Lake, MN • Kai Seth Weerasooriya Heinle, Simsbury, CT • Avril Xia, Des Plaines, IL

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