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March 31: Minnesota National Geographic State Bee

About 100 students (grades four through eight) from around Minnesota will compete in geography bee.

Minnesota State University, Mankato Media Relations Office News Release, 3-23-2017

Mankato, Minn. – Approximately 100 students in grades four through eight from throughout Minnesota will compete Friday, March 31 from 10:30 a.m. to 2:15 p.m. in the Minnesota National Geographic State Bee, held this year in Minnesota State University, Mankato’s Centennial Student Union.

According to a media advisory, the state bees are the second level of the annual National Geographic Bee. The state winner will qualify to advance to compete May 14-17 in the National Geographic Bee Championship at the National Geographic Society headquarters in Washington, D.C.

The Minnesota National Geographic State Bee’s final round will be held from 1-2 p.m. in the Centennial Student Union Ballroom. The final round is open to the news media, but media members are required to remain in the Ballroom until the competition concludes. Media should check in at the registration table, located outside the Centennial Student Union Ballroom.

Winners will be available for interviews during a media session in the Centennial Student Union Ballroom from 2-2:15 p.m.

The competition is not open to the public. A limited number of guests of each participant may attend.

Preliminary round competition is from 10:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. (check in at registration table for room numbers). Questions will begin at 10:35 a.m., at which time no entry or exit is permitted (this includes media members and other audience members) until 12:15 p.m.

For more information on the Minnesota competition, please contact Minnesota State Bee Coordinator Kerri Westgard at or 701-219-4404.

The first Minnesota state bee was held in 1989. This is the first year that the event has been held at Minnesota State Mankato.

According to the Minnesota State Bee website, each year thousands of schools in the United States participate in the National Geographic Bee using materials prepared by the National Geographic Society. 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. Schools with students in grades four through eight are eligible for this entertaining and challenging test of geographic knowledge.

Minnesota State Mankato, a comprehensive university with 15,110 students, is part of the Minnesota State system, which comprises 31 state institutions. 

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