More than 100 students, grades 4 through 8, will represent California and compete in the 2018 National Geographic State Bee preliminary rounds from 9 to 10:45 a.m. Friday, April 6, at the Satellite Student Union at Fresno State.

The final round will begin at about 11:30 a.m., depending on the length of the tiebreaker round. The State Bee is the second level of the annual National Geographic Bee.

To celebrate the 30th National Geographic Bee, the cash prize for the top three students in each state has doubled. Each state champion will receive $200, the “National Geographic Visual Atlas of the World, 2nd Edition” and a trip to Washington, D.C., to represent California in the national championship, May 20 through 23.

The final round, to be held at the National Geographic Society’s headquarters, will be moderated by journalist and humorist Mo Rocca and will be streamed at starting May 24.

The national champion will receive a $50,000 college scholarship, a lifetime membership in the National Geographic Society, a lifetime subscription to National Geographic magazine and an all-expenses-paid Lindblad expedition to the Galápagos Islands aboard the “National Geographic Endeavour ll.”

The second- and third-place finishers will receive $25,000 and $10,000 college scholarships.

For more information, contact Sean Boyd, coordinator, at 559.907.5551 or

(University Communications news intern Yesenia Candelaria contributed to this report.)