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AAA Travel challenge invites students to try

December 12, 2005

TOWSON, Md. - High school students who can answer questions such as, "If you are driving west from Dodge City, which state will you first come to?" may earn a chance for a $25,000 college scholarship in the fourth annual AAA Travel High School Challenge.

"The AAA Travel High School Challenge sharpens students' travel literacy by focusing on the culture and history of travel and tourism destinations," said Ragina C. Averella, manager of public and government affairs for AAA Mid-Atlantic.

The contest aims to increase teens' travel knowledge and geographic literacy, while creating awareness of career opportunities in the travel and tourism industry. It is open to all public, private or home-schooled students in grades 9 through 12.

Students may sign up any time between now and Jan. 17, 2006, at www.aaa.com/TravelChallenge. The contest begins with a 40-question online quiz, which is offered from Jan. 9 to 17 on the Web site.

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The top five scorers from the online exam in each state take a written exam in early March. The top scorer in each state wins an all-expenses-paid trip for two to compete in the national finals scheduled for May 13 to 16 at Universal Orlando (Fla.).

Scholarships and prizes at the final phase total more than $100,000. More than 63,000 students participated in the Travel Challenge in 2005.

Corporate sponsors for the contest are Holland America Line, Universal Orlando, Pleasant Holidays, Marriott, Continental Airlines, MBNA America and Hard Rock Live.

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