Posted by Mary Wimberley on 2005-03-30

Young geography wizards, in grades four through eight, from 22 Alabama counties will compete in the state Geographic Bee at Samford University Friday (APRIL 1).

The 100 competitors qualified for the event after winning contests in their respective schools and placing among the top 100 scorers in the state on a test administered by the National Geographic Society.

Alabama's top winner will receive a $100 cash prize, a world globe and an all-expenses-paid trip to Washington, D.C. to compete for a $25,000 college scholarship at the national finals on May 25.

Preliminary rounds in Friday's competition will begin at 12:30 p.m. The final round will begin at 3 p.m. in the Flag Colonnade Room in Samford's Beeson University Center. The awards presentation will take place at about 4 p.m.


Samford is a leading Christian university offering undergraduate programs grounded in the liberal arts with an array of nationally recognized graduate and professional schools. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th-oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. Samford enrolls 5,791 students from 49 states, Puerto Rico and 16 countries in its 10 academic schools: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy and public health. Samford fields 17 athletic teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference and ranks 6th nationally for its Graduation Success Rate among all NCAA Division I schools.