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Top Geography Students Test Skills At State Geographic Bee On April 1

March 31, 2005

Charleston, W.Va. - Top geography students from all over West Virginia will pit their wits against each other at the state-level National Geographic Bee on Friday, April 1, 2005 at 9 a.m. at the Charleston Civic Center. Students in grades four through eight will compete for a spot in the national competition.  

The state winner will receive $100 and an all-expense paid trip to Washington, D. C., with a teacher escort for the national competition, which is scheduled for May 24-25, 2005. The national competitors will compete 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.  

“Geography plays such an important role in a student’s education,” said State Schools Superintendent David Stewart. “ When a child learns geography, he or she is also learning about social studies, history, ecology and economics.”  

The National Geographic Society developed the National Geographic Bee in 1989 in response to concern about the lack of geographic knowledge among young people in the United States. A nine county National Geographic-Roper Geographic Literacy Survey conducted in 2002 revealed that Americans aged 18-24 lagged behind the counterparts in all the other countries surveyed.  

The final rounds of competition will begin at approximately 1 p.m. at the Civic Center.  

For more information about the National Geographic Bee, contact Sharon Flack, West Virginia Geographic Bee coordinator, at 304) 558-7805, or visit www.nationalgeographic.com.  

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