West Virginia Students Travel the World as Part of the Annual Geographic Bee

March 19, 2004

Charleston, W.Va. One hundred students from across West Virginia will travel to Charleston for the West Virginia Geographic Bee. The competition is slated to take place on Friday, April 2, 2004 at the Charleston Civic Center. The National Geographic Society organizes the event each year and this year it is sponsored by ING. The West Virginia Department of Education coordinates and hosts the state level of this nationwide contest.  

A geography lesson is like taking a trip around the world, said State Schools Superintendent David Stewart. When a child learns geography, he or she is also learning social studies, economics and history.  

The state winner will receive $100 and an all-expense paid trip to Washington, D. C., with a teacher escort for the national finals. The national competition is scheduled for May 25 - 26, 2004. 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.  

For more information regarding the West Virginia Geographic Bee, contact Sharon Flack, Social Studies Coordinator, WVDE Office of Instructional Services at (304) 558-7805.

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