West Virginia Geographic Bee Taking Place On CU Campus

For Immediate Release: 
Mar 28 2011

CONTACT: Sarah Dalton
Concord University
Office of Advancement
PO Box 1000, Athens, WV 24712
(304) 384-6312

West Virginia Geographic Bee Taking Place On CU Campus

ATHENS - Concord University plays host to the 2011 West Virginia Geographic Bee on Friday, April 1. The event begins with registration at 10 a.m. in the Rahall Technology Center.

While youngsters are competing at Concord, other students in grades four through eight will participate in state bees across the United States and U.S. territories that same day. State winners will advance to the national competition in Washington, D.C. May 24-25, 2011.

Organized by the National Geographic Society, this year’s Geographic Bee is sponsored by Google Inc. At the state level, the Bee is also sponsored by Plum Creek.

The contest’s goal, according to the National Geographic Society, is to inspire students’ interest in geography, to enhance its study in the classroom and to expand the general public’s knowledge of geography.

The West Virginia Geographic Bee has been held in Charleston since 1993 according to Dr. Joseph Manzo, professor of geography at Concord University and co-coordinator of the West Virginia Geographic Alliance.

“This is the first time it’s ever come to a campus,” he said. “We are pleased to host it and are glad people from other parts of the state can experience our neighborliness. Students, parents and teachers will enjoy our traditional Concord hospitality. We hope everyone has a good time.”

Each state winner will receive $100, “The Complete National Geographic” on DVD and an all-expenses-paid trip to Washington, D.C., for the national finals in May and the chance to be crowned National Geographic Bee champion.

First prize in the national competition is a $25,000 college scholarship and lifetime membership in the National Geographic Society. Second- and third-place finishers receive $15,000 and $10,000 college scholarships, respectively.

Additionally, the national winner will travel (with one parent or guardian), all expenses paid, to the Galápagos Islands to experience geography firsthand through up-close encounters with the wildlife and landscape of the islands.  Travel for the Galápagos trip is provided by Lindblad Expeditions and National Geographic.

The top 10 national finalists from both 2010 and 2011 are eligible to be selected for the three-person team to represent the United States at the National Geographic World Championship to be held at various locales in the San

Francisco area in July 2011, with the finals taking place at Google headquarters in Mountain View, Calif.

Visit www.nationalgeographic.com/geobee for additional information on the National Geographic Bee.