Hundreds of students from across the state will be on the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) campus Friday, April 4, to compete for a spot in the 26th Annual National Geographic Bee in Washington D.C.
Approximately 100 fourth-through-eighth graders will compete against each other for an all-expenses paid trip to the nation’s capital in May to compete against the winners from each of the other 49 states, the District of Columbia, U.S. Atlantic and Pacific territories and Department of Defense Dependents schools
The national finals will take place May 19 – 21 where one student will win a $50,000 college scholarship and lifetime membership to the National Geographic Society. Second and third place winners will receive $25,0000 and $10,000 scholarships, respectively.
The top 10 national finalists for 2014 along with next year’s top 10 will be eligible for selection for the three-person team to represent the United States at the National Geographic World Championship in July 2015 in Stockholm, Sweden.
Registration for Friday’s event occurs from noon to 1 p.m. in the UNO Milo Bail Student Center. Preliminary rounds, featuring five groups of 20 students, begin at 1:30 p.m. with final rounds beginning at 3:30 p.m. Awards will be presented to competitors at 4:45 p.m.
The moderator for this year’s Geographic Bee is Michael Peterson, professor of geography/geology at UNO.
“The National Geographic Bee is just one of the many ways National Geographic is fulfilling its mission to inspire people to care about the planet,” explained Gary Knell, president and CEO of the National Geographic Society. “The Bee expands students’ knowledge of people, places, and events around the world, and fosters a lifelong love of learning and exploration, turning today’s competitors into tomorrow’s leaders.”
The state Bees are the second level of the annual National Geographic Bee. The first level began last November with contests in nearly 12,000 U.S. schools, in which millions of students participated.
The National Geographic Society developed the Geographic Bee in 1989 in response to a concern about the lack of geographic knowledge among young people in the United States.
UNO has hosted the statewide competition since its inception.
If there are questions about the day’s events, please contact Charley Reed, UNO media relations coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 402.554.2129.
About the University of Nebraska at Omaha
Located in one of America’s best cities to live, work and learn, the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) is Nebraska’s premier metropolitan university. With more than 15,000 students enrolled in 200-plus programs of study, UNO is recognized nationally for its online education, graduate education, military friendliness and community engagement efforts. Founded in 1908, UNO has served learners of all backgrounds for more than 100 years and is dedicated to another century of excellence both in the classroom and in the community.