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Northwest Missouri State University

News Release

Jan. 20, 2012

Horace Mann student Sabrina Olson advances in geography bee

Sabrina Olson

Sabrina Olson

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 winning the school-level competition Jan. 11.

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

The school-level bee, at which students answered oral questions about geography, was the first round in the 24th annual National Geographic Bee. Each school winner will now take a written test, and up to 100 of the top scorers on that test in each state are eligible to compete in their state bee March 30.

Horace Mann students advanced to the school-level bee by winning their classroom competitions. Classroom winners were:

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.

Horace Mann Laboratory School, founded in 1906, is an innovative program that provides a clinical experience for pre-service teachers, and a diverse and interactive learning environment for children in kindergarten through sixth grades. Housed in Brown Hall, Horace Mann serves about 130 elementary-age students, in addition to about 160 Northwest students who work directly with the children in their classrooms.  The laboratory school also houses the Early Care and Education Laboratory Center for children ages 3 through pre-kindergarten.

For more information, please contact:

Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager | 660.562.1704 | Fax: 660.562.1900

Northwest Missouri State University
215 Administration Building | 800 University Drive | Maryville, MO 64468