$100,000 at stake in geography contest

Despite the barrage of news coverage about Hurricane Katrina, a National Geographic study found that one-third of young Americans ages 18 to 24 could not find Louisiana on a U.S. map and almost half could not find Mississippi, findings that AAA is attempting to reverse with its annual Travel Challenge contest.

Originally slated as a one-time event to coincide with AAA’s centennial celebration in 2002, the AAA Travel High School Challenge has experienced phenomenal growth in student participation over the past four years. More than 50,000 public, private and home-schooled ninth- through 12th-grade students registered for the 2006 competition, which is aimed at improving travel destination knowledge and building awareness of career opportunities in the travel and tourism industry.

The 2007 competition kicks off Jan. 8–16 with a national Internet-based contest. The top five students in each state will advance to the state competition in March, which consists of a written exam. The top finishers from the state contests will advance to the national finals in Orlando, Fla., in May.

State champions and their chaperones will receive an expense-paid trip to attend the national competition at Universal Orlando® theme park. More than $100,000 in college scholarships and prizes will be awarded to the top finalists.

Parents, students and teachers can find more details and registration requirements at www.AAA.com/TravelChallenge.

Published Jan/Feb 2007

Understanding the language of roads

Drivers see hundreds of signs and signals each day, yet the language of the road can be foreign to many motorists.

To help, AAA has updated its “Signs, Signals and Markings” video. The 17-minute DVD (in English and Spanish) teaches drivers how to read signs to anticipate changes in traffic and roadways.

Schools and groups can borrow a copy by calling 1-800-222-7623, ext. 6312, or visit www.AAA.com and click on “News.” The only cost is the return postage. For a list of the safety videos in AAA’s free-loan library, visit www.AAA.com or send a self-addressed stamped envelope to AAA, Watch It!, 12901 N. Forty Drive, St. Louis, MO 63141.

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