AAA Travel Challenge is Underway

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$100,000 in College Scholarships and Prizes Available

(LOS ANGELES, January 9, 2006) — Starting today, high school students can enter the 4th annual AAA Travel High School Challenge and compete for a total of $100,000 in college scholarships and prizes, according to the Automobile Club of Southern California. Students start by logging online at www.aaa.com/TravelChallenge.

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 Washington, D.C. traveling to Universal Orlando in May to compete for the national title.

"The AAA Travel High School Challenge is more than just a geography contest — it tests students' travel literacy by focusing on travel and tourism destinations," said Diana Meinhold, vice president of Travel Products and Services for the Automobile Club of Southern California. "The Auto Club depends on travel-savvy employees to serve our members; the Travel Challenge encourages students to study travel geography and to consider careers in travel and tourism."

The contest begins with a 40-question online quiz available from January 9–17 at www.aaa.com/TravelChallenge. The top five scorers in each state will take a proctored, written exam March 7–9. The top scorer in each state will participate in the national competition in Orlando, Florida where they will complete as individuals and on teams with other contestants. Team semi-finalists will each receive a $1,000 U.S. Savings Bond. The second-place team winners will each receive a $5.000 U.S. Savings Bond and the first-place team winners will each receive a $10,000 U.S. Savings Bond.

The third-place individual winner will receive a college scholarship award of $10,000. The second-place individual winner will receive a $15,000 college scholarship award and the first-place individual winner will receive a $25,000 college scholarship.

The AAA Travel High School Challenge heightens travel knowledge and geographic literacy, while creating awareness of career opportunities in the travel and tourism industry.

Travel Challenge sponsors are: Holland America Line, Universal Orlando, Pleasant Holidays, Marriott, Continental Airlines, MBNA America and Hard Rock Live.

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