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2012.03.22 > For Immediate Release
contact: Charley Reed - University Relations
phone: 402.554.2129 - email: cdreed@unomaha.edu

UNO to Host State Geographic Bee March 30

Omaha - Students from across Nebraska will gather at the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) Friday, March 30, to showcase their knowledge of 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. in the Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC) Ballroom on the UNO campus, 6001 Dodge St., with welcoming statements to immediately follow.

Preliminary rounds will start at 1:30 p.m. on the third floor of the MBSC with final rounds beginning at 3:30 p.m. in the Ballroom. Awards will be presented to this year’s winners starting at 4:45 p.m. The State Geographic 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 Nebraska state bee competition at UNO 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.

Michael Peterson, professor of geography/geology at UNO, will moderate the event. Local contributors to this year’s event include the Coordinating Commission for Postsecondary Education, Geographic Educators of Nebraska, the UNO Geography/Geology Department and Wayne State College’s Geography Program.

For more information, please contact Brenda Todd, staff assistant, at (402) 554.2662.

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