AAA offers travel quiz, scholarships

AAA offers travel quiz, scholarships Despite current events in the Middle East, only one in seven Americans ages 18-24 could find Iraq on a map, according to a recent survey.

To help address this problem, AAA has launched the AAA Travel High School Challenge. This nationwide high school competition is designed to enhance geographic and travel literacy and offers winners $156,000 in college scholarships.

It is AAA's hope that this exciting new competition will heighten the geographic literacy of youths and create awareness of job opportunities in the travel and tourism industries. More than a geography competition, the AAA Travel High School Challenge will also include questions to test students' travel literacy.

The competition is open to all public, private and home-school students in grades 9-12. Initially, students will take a Web-based exam on www.aaa.com. Students in South Dakota can log on to www.aaa.com and take the Web-based exam anytime until 10:59 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 2.

The top five achievers in each state will advance to the state competition where students will take a proctored, written exam. The top scorer in each state and in Washington DC, will receive a $1000 scholarship and advance to the national finals at Universal Studios in Orlando, FL. Finalists and their chaperones will receive an expense paid trip to Orlando to attend the national competition in May.

The national finals will also involve a proctored, written exam and culminate in a live game show that will position two teams of three students each. Members of the winning team will each receive a $25,000 scholarship and each member of the runner-up team will win a $10,000 scholarship.

The funds for the college scholarships are being provided by the Hogan Family Foundation of Westlake Village, CA.

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