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Sabrina Olson, a fifth grade student at Northwest Missouri State University’s Horace Mann Laboratory School, has qualified to compete as a semifinalist in the 2011 Missouri Geographic Bee.

Sabrina Olson, a fifth grade student at Northwest Missouri State University’s Horace Mann Laboratory School, has qualified to compete as a semifinalist in the 2011 Missouri Geographic Bee.

March 16, 2011

Horace Mann student named Missouri Geographic Bee semifinalist

MARYVILLE, Mo. - Sabrina Olson, a fifth grade student at Northwest Missouri State University's Horace Mann Laboratory School, has qualified to compete as a semifinalist in the 2011 Missouri Geographic Bee.

Olson is the daughter Dr. Anthony Olson, Northwest associate professor of music, and Eva Peng.

Bees took place in schools with fourth through eighth grade students throughout the state to determine each school's Geographic Bee winner. School-level winners then took a qualifying test, which they submitted to the National Geographic Society. Students earning one of the top 100 scores were invited to compete at the state level.

The 2011 Missouri Geographic Bee will be Friday, April 1, on the University of Missouri-Columbia campus. The state winner receives $100, the "Complete National Geographic on DVD" and a trip to Washington, D.C., where he or she will represent Missouri in the national finals at the National Geographic Society headquarters, May 24-25. Among the prizes awarded to the first-place national winner is a $25,000 college scholarship with lifetime membership in the Society.

Horace Mann Laboratory School and Early Care and Education Laboratory Center, is an innovative program that provides a clinical experience for pre-service teachers, and a diverse and interactive learning environment for children ages 3 through sixth grades. Housed in Brown Hall, Horace Mann Laboratory School is a kindergarten-sixth grade school with about 130 students. Additionally, early childhood classes for children age 3 through pre-kindergarten are based in the Early Childhood Center on the lower level.


For more information, please contact:

Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager
mhorn@nwmissouri.edu | 660.562.1704 | Fax: 660.562.1900

Northwest Missouri State University
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