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TUESDAY, APRIL 28 IS "AMERICAN GEOGRAPHY DAY"; ANNOUNCING THE NINE WINNERS OF THE THIRD ANNUAL AMERICAN EXPRESS (R) GEOGRAPHY COMPETITION

TUESDAY, APRIL 28 IS "AMERICAN GEOGRAPHY DAY"; ANNOUNCING THE NINE WINNERS OF THE THIRD ANNUAL AMERICAN EXPRESS (R) GEOGRAPHY COMPETITION
 Who?
 -- Seventeen of America's best and brightest 11-18 year-olds representing the three top prize-winning entries out of a total 1,120 submitted by 2,676 students in 45 states
 -- Their teachers, most notably Harris Payne, Omaha's "Outstanding Social Studies Teacher of the Year," and the teacher-sponsor of the only team to win an award in the American Express Geography Competition three years in a row. (What has this man got that the rest of America needs?)
 -- Brian Armknecht, the 17 year-old Omaha resident whose 1991 first prize-winning "Greenways" project had such an impact on the city of Omaha that the Mayor awarded him a seat on the City Planning Committee
 -- Thomas Pickering, the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations representing the U.S. government whose "America 2000" initiatives include a student body that is literate in geography by the year 2000
 -- Tomasso Zanzotto, president of Americport of education initiatives in the U.S. and internationally
 What?
 -- The $100,000 1992 Awards Ceremony: To honor the country's top teenage geographers and their teachers for outstanding achievements in the ($15,000 each) categories of:
 Managing the Environment in a Changing World
 The Geography of Travel and Trade
 Geographic Patterns of Cultural Contact and Cultural Diversity
 -- An opportunity to discover your own angle and meet the students whose first-place teams devoted a cumulative 2,240 hours to their entries.
 Where?
 -- United Nation's Delegates Dining Rooms: Guest Entrance at First Avenue and 45th Street.
 When?
 -- Tuesday, April 28, 1992 at 11:45 a.m.
 Why?
 -- One in seven U.S. adults could not locate the continental United States on a world map according to a 1988 Gallup Poll
 -- Geography is NOT just about memorizing state capitals: It's about learning to live, work and compete in a global economy
 -- These students are bucking the trend among most teens today
 CONTACT: Audrey Jonckheer of American Express, 212-640-4992.
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