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2010.04.08 > For Immediate Release
contact: Beverly Newsam - University Relations
phone: 402.554.2129 - e-mail: bnewsam@mail.unomaha.edu

UNO to Host State Geographic Bee April 9

Omaha - Students from across Nebraska will gather at the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) Friday, April 9, to celebrate geography and compete for prizes during the annual State Geographic Bee.  The champion will receive a cash prize and a trip to Washington, D.C., to compete in the national finals.

Registration will take place from noon to 1 p.m.  Preliminary rounds will start at 1:30 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center, and the final round will begin at approximately 3:30 p.m. in the Strauss Performing Arts Center Recital Hall.  Awards will be presented at a ceremony set for 4:45 to 5 p.m.

The bee, conducted by the National Geographic Society (NGS), is a nationwide event with participants from all 50 states, the District of Columbia, U.S. territories and Department of Defense Dependents Schools.  It was developed in 1989 in response to a concern about the lack of geographic knowledge among young people in the United States.

Those taking part in the UNO state bee competition include Nebraska students in grades four through eight who won their respective school bees and earned top scores on a written exam prepared by the NGS.  The state bee is the third level of the national competition, which began last fall with competitions in thousands of schools nationwide.

Jeffrey Peake, associate professor of geography/geology at UNO, will moderate the event. Judges will include Randy Bertolas, professor of geography at Wayne State College; Rex Cammak, assistant professor of geography/geology at UNO; Kathleen Fimple, Nebraska State Coordinating Commission for Postsecondary Education; Michael Peterson, professor of geography/geology at UNO; and Vicki Tinnon, instructor of geography at Wayne State College.

For more information, contact Peake at (402) 554-2663.

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