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March 14, 2012
Sabrina Olson, a sixth grader at Northwest Missouri State University’s Horace Mann Laboratory School, is advancing to the next level of the National Geographic Bee after scoring among the top 100 students on a written geography test.
Olson will now compete at the state level of the National Geographic Bee, sponsored by Google and Plum Creek. The state Bee is Friday, March 30, at the University of Missouri-Columbia.
To advance to the state bee, Olson won her school-level competition Jan. 11 by answering oral questions about geography. She then moved on to the written test round to become eligible for the state bee. This is the second consecutive year Olson has advanced to the state geography bee.
State champions receive an all-expenses-paid trip to compete at the national contest May 22-24 in Washington, D.C. Among the prizes awarded to the first-place national winner is a $25,000 college scholarship with lifetime membership in the National Geographic Society.
Olson is the daughter of Dr. Anthony Olson, associate professor of piano and organ at Northwest, and Eva Peng.
The Horace Mann Laboratory School, located on the Northwest campus, is an innovative program that provides clinical experience for pre-service teachers and a diverse and interactive learning environment for children. Housed in Brown Hall, the Horace Mann Laboratory School serves about 130 students in kindergarten through sixth grade. Early childhood classes for children age 3 through pre-kindergarten are offered in the Phyllis and Richard Leet Center for Children and Families in Brown Hall.
Mark Hornickel, Media Relations Specialist
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