Brigham Young University-Idaho will host the Idaho state finals of the 2017 National Geographic Bee. This will be the fifth time BYU-Idaho has hosted the competition. The community is invited to attend the final round of the bee on Friday, March 31 at 1:30 p.m. in the Manwaring Center Grand Ballroom.

The geography bee that has been sponsored by National Geographic for 29 years will see fourth through eight graders from across the state compete in spelling bee fashion for the title of geography bee champion. The contest is designed to encourage teachers to include geography in their classrooms, spark student interest in the subject, and increase public awareness about geography. More information can be found at www.natgeobee.com.

About 80 students from across the state will compete for victory and advancement to the national final held in Washington, D.C. on May 14-17, where students will compete for a $50,000 college scholarship.

For more information contact Idaho State Bee Coordinator Dr. Michael Madsen at madsenmi@byui.edu or 208-496-4237.