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.
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.