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Middle schoolers test geography knowledge

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March 27, 2012

Georgia College will host the state-level portion of the annual National Geographic Bee for the 11th consecutive year.

“Geography is a critical study for current events throughout the world, from global trade and migration to terrorism and climate change,” said Dr. Doug R. Oetter, Georgia College associate georgraphy professor and state bee coordinator.
“We need to educate our youth and adults about the world we live in.”

The preliminary round begins at 12:15 p.m. Friday in the Arts and Sciences Auditorium.

Out of 100 first-place fourth- to eighth-grade qualifiers across Georgia, only one will advance to the national finals May 24 at the National Geographic Society in Washington, D.C.

“Jeopardy!” host Alex Trebek will moderate the competition.

“The Geographic Bee complements both our bachelor’s degree in geography as well as our degrees in middle grades education,” Oetter said. “We hope to encourage Georgia’s most geographically literate middle schoolers to consider Georgia College when it is time to select their university.”

ABOUT GEORGIA COLLEGE: Georgia College, the state’s designated Public Liberal Arts University, combines the educational experience expected at esteemed private liberal arts colleges with the affordability of public higher education. Its four colleges – arts and sciences, business, education and health sciences – provide 6,600 undergraduate and graduate students with an exceptional learning environment that extends beyond the classroom, with hands-on involvement with faculty research, community service, study abroad and myriad internships.

Founded in 1889, Georgia College boasts one of the most beautiful campuses in the nation with Corinthian columns fronting red brick buildings and wide open green spaces. Georgia College also offers graduate education at the historic Jefferson building in downtown Macon, at Robins Air Force Base and online.

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