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Newly crowned "King of the Nerds" reality show winner and UND space studies graduate Kayla LaFrance poses with show hosts Robert Carradine (left) and Curtis Armstrong, both cast members of the 1984 cult classic "Revenge of the Nerds." Photo by Trae Patton, Turner Broadcasting System.

UND grad crowned ‘King of the Nerds’ on TBS reality show

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Being a kid with the nickname “NASA” got UND graduate Kayla LaFrance pushed into lockers during high school, but recently her nerdiness netted her a new title and $100,000.


The 28-year-old is the latest winner of the TBS reality show “King of the Nerds,” which pitted 11 nerds from a variety of backgrounds against one another for a crown and cash prize.

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Brandi Jewett
Brandi Jewett is an enterprise reporter for the Grand Forks Herald with beats focusing on northwest Minnesota, unmanned aircraft systems and East Grand Forks city government. Other positions she has held at the Herald include Grand Forks city government reporter, general assigment reporter and news intern. A native of Valley City, N.D., 24 years worth of winters haven't scared her out of the state yet. Follow her work at and on Twitter and Instagram: @brandijewett. Send tips and story ideas to 
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