South Dakota Geographic Bee to be held at USD

South Dakota Geographic Bee to be held at USD One hundred of the top students from South Dakota schools, in grades four through eight, have been invited to The University of South Dakota to test their knowledge of geography at the 2005 South Dakota Geographic Bee on Friday, April 1.

Advancing through the tournament is not an easy task. Students from schools with fourth through eighth grades across the United States begin the National Geographic Bee at their schools in December and January. Each school champion takes a written test upon winning the bee in their school.

Out of the pool of school champions, the top 100 from each state proceed to the state level finals based on their scores on the written test. Winners at the state level will compete in the national finals at National Geographic Society headquarters in Washington, D.C., in late May.

In conjunction with the South Dakota Geographic Bee, several other events are scheduled on campus for participants to learn from and enjoy. The events will run from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. and 10:45 to 11:45 a.m. and include activities dealing with global economics, Web-based learning, natural history, and many others. The final round of competition is scheduled to begin at about 3:30 p.m. in the Wayne S. Knutson Theatre 1 in the Warren M. Lee Center for the Fine Arts. The press and public are invited to attend.

For more information about the South Dakota Geographic Bee competition at USD, including a complete listing of the day's events please visit www.usd.edu/ tet/bee.

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