Students from eight metro Atlanta high schools compete in 10th Geography Bowl at KSU

University geographers design competition to boost world geography education among Georgia high…

Georgia (Apr 13, 2009) — Students from eight metro Atlanta high schools compete in 10th Geography Bowl at KSU

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Students from eight metro Atlanta high schools compete in 10th Geography Bowl at KSU

University geographers design competition to boost world geography education among Georgia high school students


KENNESAW‚ Ga. (April 13‚ 2009) —Students from eight metro Atlanta high schools will face off in the 10th annual World Geography Bowl sponsored by Kennesaw State University’s Department of Geography & Anthropology on Friday‚ April 17 at the Carmichael Student Center at KSU.

What:
The annual competition‚ funded by the National Geographic Education Foundation and the Georgia Geographic Alliance‚ pits teams of ninth graders in three rounds‚ patterned after successful college−level bowls sponsored by the Association of American Geographers. The competition is designed to stimulate interest in the study of geography among high school students in Georgia‚ where only about half of all high schools offer courses in world geography.

Who:
Competing students are from Cherokee‚ Creekview and Woodstock high schools in Cherokee County; Hillgrove and Walton high schools in Cobb County; Hiram High in Paulding County; Riverwood High in Fulton County and Atlanta’s Grady High. Judges and officials are drawn from KSU faculty and students majoring in geography and anthropology.

When and Where:
Friday‚ April 17‚ 9 a.m.− 3 p.m.‚ with championship rounds beginning 1:00 p.m.‚ in University Rooms A through E in the Carmichael Student Center at Kennesaw State University‚ 1000 Chastain Road‚ Kennesaw‚ Ga. 30144.

Why:
KSU geographers started this competition as a community−outreach program to promote the education of geography. In Georgia‚ teaching geography is a local option at the high school level for school systems. Recent research shows that 37 percent of young Americans could not find Iraq on a map‚ and one in three could not place Louisiana on a U.S. map following Hurricane Katrina. A bill now before Congress would ensure comparable federal support for the teaching of geography‚ the only one of nine other core academic subjects identified in the “No Child Left Behind Act” that has received no federal funding.

For more information on the World Geography Bowl‚ contact Harry Trendell at 770−423−6240 or htrendel@kennesaw.edu


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Kennesaw State University is the third−largest university in Georgia‚ offering more than 65 graduate and undergraduate degrees‚ including new doctorates in education and business. A member of the 35−unit University System of Georgia‚ Kennesaw State is a comprehensive‚ residential institution with a growing student population of more than 21‚000 from 142 countries.



A leader in innovative teaching and learning, Kennesaw State University offers more than 150 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees to its approximately 38,000 students. With 13 colleges on two metro Atlanta campuses, Kennesaw State is a member of the University System of Georgia and the third-largest university in the state. The university’s vibrant campus culture, diverse population, strong global ties and entrepreneurial spirit draw students from throughout the region and from 92 countries across the globe. Kennesaw State is a Carnegie-designated doctoral research institution (R2), placing it among an elite group of only 6 percent of U.S. colleges and universities with an R1 or R2 status, and one of the 50 largest public institutions in the country. For more information, visit kennesaw.edu.

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