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AAA's Travel Challenge Contest Offers High School Students Trips to Universal Orlando to Compete for More Than $100,000 in Scholarships

High school students throughout the country have just a few weeks to touch up on their travel knowledge. If teens can answer questions like: "If you're visiting the National Cowboy Museum, what state are you in?"; "Which country is called the "Land of the Golden Fleece?"; and, "Where will you find the gateway to Acadia National Park?", then they might be well on the way to winning an expense-paid trip for two to Orlando to compete for more than $100,000 in college scholarships.

The trip and scholarships are part of the AAA Travel High School Challenge, a contest that begins with a 40-question online competition Jan. 10-19. The contest aims to increase teens' travel knowledge and geographic literacy while creating awareness of career opportunities in the travel and tourism industry.

Students can pre-register now, take a sample quiz and find full rules at www.aaa.com/TravelChallenge. As an incentive, students who enroll for the AAA Travel High School Challenge before Dec. 31, 2004, and complete the test in January 2005, will automatically qualify for a random drawing to receive one of two $500 U.S. savings bonds.

The national contest is open to all U.S. students in grades 9-12 (public, private or home-schooled), with winners from all 50 states and the District of Columbia traveling to Universal Orlando May 7-10, 2005 to compete for one of three $25,000 first-place scholarships or three $10,000 second-place scholarships.

Designed by AAA Travel and travel industry educator Dr. Marc Mancini, the challenge encourages teens to study travel destinations and to consider careers in the travel and tourism industry.

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

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