OMAHA – On Friday, March 27, more than 100 students will visit the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) campus to test their knowledge about U.S. and international geography as part of the 2015 Nebraska Geographic State Bee, with a chance to head to the national competition in May on the line.
The Nebraska Geographic State Bee is one of 50 statewide competitions occurring around the country on March 27 as part of the National Geographic Bee competition.
Students, aged 10-14, will compete against each other to find out who knows the most about places around the world.
The Nebraska competition, which is sponsored by UNO's Department of Geography/Geology, will take place at UNO’s Milo Bail Student Center with preliminary rounds, featuring five groups of approximately 20 students, taking place at 1:30 p.m. followed by the final round at 3:30 p.m. Awards will be presented to competitors at 4:45 p.m.
The state champion will earn $100 and an all-expenses paid trip to Washington D.C. to represent Nebraska at the 27th annual National Geographic Bee, which will take place May 11-13.
This year’s competition will be moderated by CNN correspondent Soledad O’Brien with a first prize of a $50,000 college scholarship.
The National Geographic Bee is an annual event organized by the National Geographic Society. This year’s state competition sponsors are Google and Plum Creek.
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 Associate Director of Media Relations, 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.