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Rowan to host National Geographic Bee NJ State finals

Date: Friday, April 1, 2011


For the second year, Rowan University will host the state's top young geographers in the New Jersey finals of the National Geographic Bee.

The state finals, which will be held on April 1, in Boyd Recital Hall (Wilson Hall), will include 103 students from throughout the state. Preliminary rounds will be held in classrooms beginning at 10:30am, while the final round begins at 12:30 p.m. in Boyd Recital Hall.  The final round of the New Jersey competition is free and open to the public. 

The National Geographic Bee is open to fourth- through eighth-grade students in participating schools nationwide. The winner of the state competition will advance to the national finals May 24-25 at the National Geographic Society headquarters in Washington, D.C. "Jeopardy!" host Alex Trebek will moderate the finals.

Zachary Moore, assistant professor of geography in the University's College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, has worked to bring the bee to Rowan the past two years. A 2006-07 Grosvenor Scholar for the National Geographic Education Foundation in Washington, D.C., Moore will be assisted by 25 dedicated Rowan student volunteers who will help handle on-campus logistics for the day. The Bee has seen an increase in local participants this year, which Moore believes is due to Rowan's involvement.

Rowan History Professor Bill Carrigan will serve as the moderator for the final round, while university faculty members will serve as readers for the bee's preliminary rounds.

For information on the National Geographic Bee, visit

Location: Boyd Recital Hall, Wilson Hall

Contact: Zachary Moore