2010.04.12 > For Immediate Release
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2010 Nebraska State Geographic Bee Results Announced
Omaha - Zebulon Cooper, an eighth-grade student from Prague Public Schools in Prague, Neb., took top honors Friday, April 9, at the Nebraska State Geographic Bee, hosted by the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO). Cooper's first-place win included a cash prize, a world atlas and an all-expenses-paid trip to the national finals May 25-26 in Washington, D.C.
Elliot Fullner, an eighth-grade student from Wisner-Pilger High School in Wisner, Neb., was the runner-up. Third place went to Morgan Goldsberry, an eighth-grade student at Mission Middle School in Bellevue, Neb. Fullner and Goldsberry each received a cash prize and a world atlas.
This year's winning question in the championship round:
Question: "The countries of Montenegro, Macedonia and Croatia are all located on what peninsula?"
Answer: "Balkan Peninsula."
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.
For more information, contact Jeff Peake, chairperson and associate professor of geography/geology at UNO, at (402) 554-2663.
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