‘Kid Nation’: Smartest Kid in Bonanza City Wins the Gold Star!

Alex: so smart he can read books without looking at them. Photo: Courtesy of CBS

Brains finally triumphed over brawn on last night's Kid Nation as Alex, the show's resident 9-year-old genius, beat out older, tougher kids — plus Jared, who adorably pledged to invent a teleportation device if he got the $20,000 — to win the coveted gold star. "This says to all 9-year-olds out there," he said in his victory speech, "that even though there's 14- and 15-year olds waiting to challenge you — don't give up!" Stay tuned for thoughts on the full episode, coming soon!

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