On Friday, March 29, 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 2019 Nebraska Geographic State Bee.
The Nebraska Geographic State Bee is one of 50 statewide competitions occurring around the country on March 29 as part of the National Geographic Bee competition.
Students in grades 4 - 8, will compete against each other to find out who knows the most about places around the world.
The Nebraska competition 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.
A total of 54 GeoBee State Champions will receive a medal, a $1,000 cash prize and a trip to the national competition in Washington, D.C., which takes place May 19-22. Students that come in second and third place in the state competitions will receive cash awards of $300 and $100, respectively.
The 2019 National GeoBee Champion will receive a $25,000 college scholarship, a lifetime membership in the National Geographic Society and an all-expenses-paid Lindblad expedition to the Galápagos Islands aboard the National Geographic Endeavour ll; the second-place winner in the national championship will receive a $10,000 college scholarship; and the student who places third will receive a $5,000 college scholarship. The top-10-scoring students will each receive $1,000 in cash.
The National Geographic Bee is an annual event organized by the National Geographic Society.
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.
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.