National Geographic GeoBee & South Carolina Local Bee - Up to $50,000

From the website:

The National Geographic GeoBee is an annual competition designed to inspire and reward students' curiosity about the world.

Students in grades four through eight (4-8) from nearly 10,000 schools across the United States will compete in the 2019 National Geographic GeoBee for a chance to win college scholarships and the glory of being the National Geographic GeoBee Champion.

South Carolina State Bee

State Guidelines

2018 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, April 6, 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, 2017. 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 April 6.

  2. 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. Inquiries related to any Bee question are not allowed at any time at the state level of the National Geographic Bee.  Decisions of the judges are final.

  4. 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. 

  5. 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.

  6. 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. 

  7. The State Bee event is only for qualifying students, their families, and their teachers.  The National Geographic Society does not encourage or endorse coaching for hire in connection with the National Geographic Bee.  Paid coaches or persons affiliated with organizations that collect fees for coaching are not invited to attend the State Bee.