International Academic Competitions is pleased to announce that the 2019 Middle School and Elementary Division National Championships of the United States Geography Olympiad will be held on the afternoon of Friday, June 7 at the Hyatt Regency O’Hare in Rosemont, IL (next to Chicago). This date and site are confirmed, though the exact time of the competition (likely 3:10 to 5:25pm including time for distribution and collection of materials and a break halfway through) is pending final confirmation. Nationals will be held in conjunction with the National Championships of the National Science Bee, US Academic Bee and Bowl, and the Middle School and Elementary School National Championships of the National History Bee and Bowl, and International Geography Bee (remember, if you are qualified for USGO Nationals, you are by definition qualified for the International Geography Bee Nationals as well!)
There is a free shuttle from O’Hare to the hotel that operates around the clock. Staying at an official hotel is required for all students and families coming from outside a 3 hour driving radius per Google Maps. If our block fills up, we will secure additional blocks at nearby hotels. Room rates are $145 for a king bed room and $155 for a room with two double beds, plus applicable taxes. Rooms must be booked through a secure link that will be posted to this website by mid-January 2019, otherwise, it is not valid, so please do not make bookings via any other method (i.e. calling the hotel, hotels.com, etc.) before the hotel reservation link is posted on the website!
The official schedule of events at Nationals will be posted by mid-February (the USGO date and late afternoon time slot are confirmed though). Current projections have the events of the weekend occurring as listed below but please do not make travel plans based on this – this is solely for informational purposes until the schedule is confirmed. The only events that are planning on overlapping (and hence, students cannot sign up for both) would be the National Humanities Bee and US Geography Olympiad per current plans.
National History Bee: Prelims on late morning and early afternoon of June 7 and 8. Finals late morning on June 9.
National History Bowl: All day on June 9 in its entirety.
National Science Bee: Prelims on afternoon of June 9, Finals on afternoon of June 10.
National Humanities Bee: Prelims on late afternoon of June 7, held concurrently with US Geography Olympiad. Finals on evening of June 8.
US Geography Olympiad (this date and the late afternoon time slot is confirmed, though the precise timing may be shifted from what is posted above): Late afternoon of June 7, held concurrently with National Humanities Bee.
International Geography Bee: Prelims on evening of June 7, finals on evening of June 8.
US Academic Bee: Prelims on early morning of June 7 and 8. Finals late afternoon on June 8.
US Academic Bowl: All day on June 10 in its entirety.
Thanks, and good luck in qualifying! We hope to see you at Nationals in June!