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Students Compete for State Geography Championship

April 02, 2002

One hundred one students in grades four through eight will compete Friday, April 5, to become West Virginia’s State Geographic Bee champion and win a trip to the National Geographic Bee finals in Washington, D.C.  

The West Virginia competitors earned their place by winning local Geography Bees and then earned a top score on a written exam prepared by the National Geographic Society. Geography Bees also will be held April 5 in the other 49 states, the District of Columbia and U.S. territories. The National Geographic Bee is May 21-22.  

The State Geographic Bee will be held at the Charleston Civic Center.The preliminary rounds will be held at 10:00 a.m. with the final round beginning at 1:00 p.m. in West Virginia Rooms 104-105.  

In Friday’s Geographic Bee, the State winner receives $100 and other prizes, along with an all-expenses paid trip to Washington, D. C., with a teacher escort for the national finals. The national competitors will be vying for a $25,000 first-place college scholarship and lifetime subscription to National Geographic magazine; second and third place winners will receive $15,000 and $10,000 scholarships, respectively.  

The National Geographic Society developed the National Geographic Bee in response to concern about the lack of geographic knowledge among young people in the United States. In a 10-country Gallup survey conducted for the Society in 1988 and 1989, Americans 18-24, the youngest group surveyed, scored lower than their counterparts in the other countries tested.  

For more information, contact Sharon Flack, 304-558-7805.

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