Geography Contest for Students

AAA Mid-Atlantic is sponsoring a nationwide geography competition for high school students to win scholarships worth $156,000.

The AAA Travel High School Challenge will quiz students on geography and travel-related issues, including tourist locations.

To participate, District students must take an online exam at www.aaa.com/TravelChallenge between Jan. 27 and Feb. 2. Advance registration allows students to take practice tests before the official exam.

The top five District finalists then will take written exams in March. The winner receives $1,000 and advances to the national finals in Orlando in May.

The finalists, in two teams of three students, will take written exams and compete in a simulated game show. Each student on a winning team receives a $25,000 scholarship, while those on runner-up teams win $10,000 each.

For more information, call 888-AAA-TRIP.

Art Exhibits Mark Black History

The D.C. Public Library plans two art exhibits recognizing Black History Month at Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library at 901 G St. NW.

"A New Generation Creating a New World" will be on display Tuesday through March 3 and will include sewn canvases that were created by young District residents and tell stories of their everyday experiences.

The University of the District of Columbia will present "ART/SILVER," celebrating 25 years of its art program. The exhibit, on display next Thursday through Feb. 25, includes works by faculty, students and alumni.

Girl Scout Cookie Sale

The Girl Scout Council of the Nation's Capital begins 2003 with its annual cookie sale, starting tomorrow for three months. Proceeds help to fund activities for about 3,900 local troops.

At $3 a box, the cookies come in eight varieties.

For more information, visit www.gscnc.org or call 800-523-7898.

-- Bruce C.T. Wright and Steve Argeris