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WASHINGTON –National Geographic recognized the commitment of U.S. Senator John Boozman (R-AR) to improve geography education by naming him a Geography Legislator of the Year.

“Geography education is a critical component to learning, working and competing in our global economy. As a former school board member I believe in the need for a comprehensive education for our students that includes geography. I’m proud to support initiatives that prepare students for our interconnected world,” Boozman said.

"Legislators like Sen. Boozman, who are dedicated to advancing geographic education, are working to keep America competitive and set American students up for success in a global economy. National Geographic works tirelessly to support geographic education for all US students, and the backing of these leaders is essential for attaining that goal," Daniel Edelson, vice president of education at National Geographic said.

Dr. Jeff Allender from the University of Central Arkansas and Karen Davis, the Social Studies Department Chair at St. Joseph High School in Conway both attended the award ceremony. The educators are active in the Arkansas Geographic Alliance, a college-based statewide partnership between professors and K-12 teachers charged with providing educators with geography and social studies professional development, and teaching materials.