For the seventh straight year, Western Michigan University will host the Michigan State Geographic Bee.

Students will compete for the opportunity to travel to the National Geographic Bee in Washington D.C.

This year's event is Friday, April 4, and will bring semi-finalists from schools across the state to the Fetzer Center's Kirsch Auditorium. This is the second level of the National Geographic Bee competition, now in its 26th year.

Bees were held in schools with 4th-8th grade students to determine each school's winner. School-level winners then took a qualifying test, which they submitted to the National Geographic Society. The society invited students with the top 100 scores to compete at the state level.

The state competition, sponsored by Google and Plum Creek, begins with preliminary rounds at 12:30 p.m., followed by the competition finals at about 2:15 p.m.

The top geography student in Michigan will be selected from a field of 10 students who make it to the final round. The public is invited to attend the competition's finals portion only.

The state winner will receive $100, a compact world atlas and a trip to Washington, D.C., to represent Michigan in the National Geographic Bee finals to be held May 19-21.

Good luck to all of our hard-working students!

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