State Guidelines

2017 National Geographic State Bee

Format:  Contestants who qualified for the state Bee will be divided into groups for the preliminary competition.  It is an oral competition with each student receiving questions in the practice round and eight preliminary rounds.  The students with the top ten scores from the preliminary rounds will advance to the final competition.  There may be a need for a tiebreaker to determine the top ten scorers. The final competition consists of a final round and a championship round.  The final round is mostly oral.  Two questions require all students to write their answers. The final round determines the two finalists who will then compete in the championship round.  The two finalists start the championship round with a clean slate.

Eligibility:  Students invited to compete at the state Bee must be physically present at the state Bee on Friday, March 31, and on time.  Student participants must be from the proper grade levels of four through eight and must have participated in and won a school Bee held at a registered school that involved at least six students.  Contestants may not have reached their 15th birthday on or before September 1, 2016. Students may not be enrolled in more than three academic courses at the high school and/or college level.  We reserve the right to disqualify a student at any time if we believe the rules have not been followed.

General Guidelines:

  1. All competing students follow the same rules and procedures at the Bee. There is no extended time, no exceptions to any rule, save for students with physical challenges involving sight and hearing.  These had to have been brought to the attention of the National Geographic Bee headquarters by contacting at least two weeks before March 31.
  1. Video cameras, recording devices of any kind, computers, etc., are not allowed at the preliminary competition, the preliminary tiebreaker, or the final competition.  Anyone identified with such a device will be escorted from the competition. 

      3.   Per a 2014 change in National Geographic Society policy, inquiries related to any Bee                       question will no longer be allowed at any time at the state level of the National Geographic            Bee.  Decisions of the judges are final.

  1. Once the contest has started, a contestant may not leave a competition room and will be disqualified if he/she does, unless given permission to leave by the moderator/judge for a bathroom break.
  1. If a contestant causes a disruption during any part of the contest, at the discretion of the judge and moderator, the student may be disqualified and escorted from the competition room.
  1. If a person in the audience causes a disruption during any part of the contest, that person will be asked to leave.  If such a request is refused, the contestant accompanied by that person will be disqualified.