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The 2019 Varsity & Junior Varsity US National Championships of the International Geography Bee will be held on the afternoon and evening of Friday, April 26, 2019 at the Crystal Gateway Marriott in Arlington, Virginia. The date and venue of the 2019 Middle School and Elementary US National Championships of the International Geography Bee will be announced here by November 2018, but will likely be in early June 2019.

Congratulations to the International Geography Bee’s 2018 US National Champions!

Varsity
Alex Schmidt, Lehigh Valley Academy, Pennsylvania

Junior Varsity
Samanyu Dixit, Metrolina Regional School, North Carolina

Middle School
Samik Bhinge, Frost Middle School, Virginia (Overall and 7th Grade Classification)
Samanyu Dixit, Metrolina Regional School, North Carolina (8th Grade Classification)

Elementary
Rohan Ganeshan, Homeschool, Illinois (Overall and 6th Grade Classification)
John Augustyn, Notre Dame School, Illinois (5th Grade Classification)
Anish Raja, Brookwood Elementary School, Georgia (4th Grade and Younger Classification)

2018 Varsity and Junior Varsity National Championship Statistics are available at this link here.
2018 Middle School and Elementary National Championships Statistics are available at this link here.

 

2018 IGB US Nationals: Middle School and Elementary Divisions – Registration and Hotel Information

The 2018 Middle School and Elementary Division National Championships for the International Geography Bee were held in conjunction with the National Championships of the US Geography Olympiad and the US Academic Bee and Bowl. The dates for the 2018 IGB Middle School and Elementary Division National Championships are June 3-4 in Atlanta at the Marriott Marquis Hotel. Please click here for a schedule of events over those two days – note that the US Geography Olympiad Middle School and Elementary National Championships will be held at the same hotel in Atlanta on Friday, June 1 (not Saturday, June 2 as first reported). Events on Friday and Saturday, with the exception of the US Geography Olympiad, were overseen by ACE – see www.aceqb.com for further details on these, including the National History Bee and Bowl Middle School and Elementary National Championships, the National Citizenship Bee, and the National Sports and Entertainment History Bee).


Middle School and Elementary Hotel Information

To make hotel reservations at the Atlanta Marriott Marquis, please click here.
Note that this website says “National History Fair” – you can still book under this name if you are coming for any of the following events (even if you are not participating in the National History Fair, National History Bee or National History Bowl): US Academic Bee, US Academic Bowl, National Science Bee, National Humanities Bee, US Geography Olympiad, International Geography Bee. The rate is $149 per night, plus tax, for either a room with a king bed, or two double beds (these rooms can accommodate up to 4 people if beds are shared).

Middle School and Elementary Divisions Format

The IGB Middle School and Elementary National Championships feature 4 preliminary rounds with 30 buzzer-based tossup questions each and 3 final rounds for the top students. Tossup questions used are 4-5 lines long. There will be 2 rounds of playoffs. 24 students will qualify for the Quarterfinals, 12 students will then advance to the Semifinals and 6. Please click here for questions from past years to practice with, as well as a link to the content distribution file! Please click here for a link to the rules file.

UPDATE May 14: At the 2018 US National Championships, students in the Middle School Division will be listed by 7th and 8th grade. Students in the Elementary National Championships will be listed as competing in 6th grade, 5th grade, and 4th grade or younger.  Because of our current registration numbers, students will compete against other students in grades 1-6 (i.e. the Elementary Division) and grades 7-8 (i.e. the Middle School Division). Thus we will have one overall national champion in both the Elementary Division and one overall national champion in the Middle School Division. However, the top student in 4th grade and younger, 5th grade, 6th grade, 7th grade, and 8th grade will be named National Champion in their grade classification as well.


Schedule of Rounds
Sunday June 3 – Preliminary Rounds, Quarterfinals, and Semifinals
Check In – No formal check in is required. Students who have registered for the International Geography Bee US National Championships will be sent their room assignments by email. The room assignments will also be posted online, and will be available at the International Academic Competitions help desk at the National Championships.

Students must be in their Round 1 room 5-10 minutes before the scheduled start time!

Round 1: 8:05am
Round 2: 8:40am
Round 3: 9:15am
Round 4: 9:50am

Names and room assignments for Playoff Qualifying Students will be posted online and available at the help desk by 2:00pm

Quarterfinals: 7:40pm
Semifinals: 8:15 pm

Monday, June 4 – Finals at 2:40pm

Note that after Round 1, start times are approximate! We will proceed directly into Round 2 as soon as all rooms have finished Round 1. This may be slightly before or after the times indicated here.

Registration
Please register here (registration ends on May 20).

Qualification

Students qualify for the 2018 IGB Middle School and Elementary Division National Championships through the National Qualifying Exams. Students can qualify for Nationals in any of the following ways:
1. If they finish in the top half of students in their age division who take the D Set version of the Exam at any US Academic Bee and Bowl Regional tournament.
2. If their NQE score (on either version) is above the official National Median Score for their age division on that version (i.e. D Set or E Set) version of the Exam. The National Median Scores will be announced by April 1.
3. If, regardless of the National Median Scores, they at least a score of 40 on any version of the National Qualifying Exam held at a National History Bee Regional Finals site (if they are in 7th or 8th grade), or if they score at least 25 or higher (if they are in 6th grade or younger), or if they reach one of these scores by taking this exam on their own with a school or homeschool proctor.
4. Students may also qualify for the 2018 IGB Middle School and Elementary Division National Championships by qualifying for the IGB Junior Varsity Division’s National Championships on the A, B, or C Set version of the National Qualifying Exam. These are offered at all National History Bee and Bowl Varsity and Junior Varsity Regional and State tournament sites. Students must finish in the top half of JV students at their site, or otherwise finish above the A, B, or C Set National Median Scores, or score 40 or higher (if in 7th or 8th grade) or 25 or higher (if in 6th grade and younger). Qualifying on the basis of scoring at least 40 or 25 only qualifies eligible students for the Middle School or Elementary National Championships, not the JV one though.

Students only need to qualify off any one of the five versions of the USGO/IGB National Qualifying Exam. A non-qualifying score on any other version of the Exam does not disqualify a student from attending Nationals. The qualification process for the IGB National Championships is also identical to the qualification process for the US National Championships of the US Geography Olympiad (i.e. all students who qualify for the one competition qualify for the other).

Costs
The cost of the 2018 International Geography Bee US Middle School and Elementary Division National Championships is $80 per student. There are also discounts available if students are doing multiple events as follows:

$80 – International Geography Bee on its own
$150 – US Geography Olympiad and International Geography Bee
$220 – Includes all of the following: National Academic Bee, US Geography Olympiad & International Geography Bee, and either the National Humanities Bee or National Science Bee

Entry fees must be paid by check to “US Geography Olympiad” or it may be combined with payments to “US Academic Bee and Bowl”. Payments must be sent to the following address and received by May 25:

USABB/USGO Nationals
PO Box 875
Tenafly, NJ 07670

Prizes
In addition to Medals, plaques, and/or trophies, which will be awarded to the top finishers, we are pleased to announce the following prizes for the 2018 Middle School & Elementary International Geography Bee US National Championships. All of the dollar figures listed here will not be given as cash, but rather as discounts to the 2018 International Geography Bee World Championships in Berlin, Germany from July 11-17, 2018. These cannot be used for any other event, including future IGB World Championships, nor can they be combined with discounts / prizes won in 2017.

Champion 8th Grade Classification – $400 off IGB Worlds
Champion 7th Grade Classification – $400 …
Champion 6th Grade Classification – $400 …
Champion 5th Grade Classification – $400 …
Champion 4th Grade and younger Classification – $400 …

2nd Place 8th Grade Classification – $200 off IGB Worlds
2nd Place 7th Grade Classification – $200 …
2nd Place 6th Grade Classification – $200 …
2nd Place 5th Grade Classification – $200 …
2nd Place 4th Grade and younger Classification – $200 …

 

2018 IGB US Nationals: Varsity and Junior Varsity Divisions – Registration and Hotel Information

The 2018 International Geography Bee’s USA National Championships for the Varsity and Junior Varsity divisions took place on Friday, April 27, 2018 in Arlington, VA at the Crystal Gateway Marriott. 

Please click here to access the registration form to register for the Varsity and JV National Championships of the International Geography Bee and the US Geography Olympiad. Registration costs $85 per student for the International Geography Bee and an additional $85 per student for anyone also competing in the US Geography Olympiad.

Hotel bookings at the official host hotel (the Crystal Gateway Marriott in Arlington, VA) are done this year solely by clicking here to access the online hotel booking site.

Please do not call the hotel or Marriott reservations to make bookings! The rate is $142 a night plus tax. Further details on the Nationals hotel can be found by clicking here to access the Nationals information page on the website of the National History Bee and Bowl or by scrolling down to the bottom of this page.

Registration will run through April 14. Please ensure that registration fees for IGB are paid for separately from National History Bee and Bowl/US History Bee/Sports and Entertainment Bee fees, though they can be combined on the same check with any fees for the US National Championships of the US Geography Olympiad. USGO and IGB fees should be paid by check payable to “US Geography Olympiad” (do NOT make checks payable to the International Geography Bee, even for IGB entry fees!) and sent to:

NHBB/USGO Nationals
PO Box 875
Tenafly, NJ 07670

Be sure to indicate which student(s) you are paying for and which school they attend / homeschool affiliation (if any) they have when you send in your registration fees!

For further questions, please email info@geographyolympiad.com Thanks!

Prizes
Courtesy of our sponsor, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, we are pleased to offer the following prizes at our Varsity and Junior Varsity 2018 US National Championships. The prizes are free entry or discounts in the entry fees to the 2018 International Geography Bee World Championships in Berlin, Germany from July 11-17.

Champion: Full Admission (without travel)
Runner Up: $700 credit
Third Place: $600 credit
Fourth Place: $500 credit
Fifth Place: $400 credit
Sixth Place: $300 credit
Seventh Place: $250 credit
Eighth Place: $200 credit
Ninth Place: $150 credit
Semifinalist (10th-24th Place): $100 credit

These apply to both divisions. Students who won a prize in 2017 (2017 prizes are accessible through the link on the page here) at the IGB US National Championships (the prizes were different thenmay claim the greater value prize, but they are not cumulative.

Congratulations to the 2017 International Geography Bee USA National Champions!
Varsity – Jakob Myers, Naperville North High School, Naperville, Illinois
Junior Varsity  – Rohil Bhinge, Frost Middle School, Fairfax, Virginia
Middle School  – Saket Pochiraju, Olentangy Orange Middle School, Lewis Center, Ohio
Elementary – Satvik Pochiraju, Olentangy Meadows Elementary School, Lewis Center, Ohio

The full results from the 2017 IGB USA National Championships are available here for the Varsity and Junior Varsity Divisions and are available here for the Middle School and Elementary Divisions. 

General Information on the IGB USA National Championships

Each US National Championships of the International Geography Bee consists exclusively of buzzer-based quiz competition using pyramidal style paragraph-length questions that progress from harder to easier information. This is in contrast to the exam based US Geography Olympiad, which is also contested at both sites; schedules are designed to allow students to compete in both USGO and IGB. Further details about both national championship events are below: for further questions about the US IGB National Championships in any age division, please email info@iacompetitions.com.

Practice questions from past years’ Quiz Bowl Tournaments at the US Geography Olympiad National Championships (which the IGB is effectively replacing) can be found on the USGO website here.

Information on the Rules and Formatting for the 2018 IGB USA National Championships

Varsity and Junior Varsity Divisions: Format

Rules for the International Geography Bee Preliminary Rounds

Note: All information posted here on this website is considered the Official Rules. On specific matters of protests, tournament conduct, and contingencies not addressed here, the files accessible here for Answer Acceptance and the Official Bowl Rules file apply as needed.

The IGB Varsity and JV National Championships will feature 3 preliminary rounds and 2 playoff rounds. Each round has 35 tossup questions that are 5-7 lines in length.

The schedule for the 2018 Varsity & JV IGB National Championships is as follows.

Note that after Round 1, start times above are approximate for Round 2 and Round 3 – the next round will begin immediately after all students in their section of the draw have finished the prior round!

Round 1: 5:10-5:45pm
Round 2: 5:45-6:20pm
Round 3: 6:20-6:50pm

There is no formal check in process – students should simply report to their Round 1 Room Assignment (these will be posted publicly at the hotel, online, and will be sent by email to participants in advance) by 5:00 PM. Round 1 will begin at 5:10 PM sharp!

Note that after Round 1, start times above are approximate for Round 2 and Round 3 – the next round will begin immediately after all students in their section of the draw have finished the prior round!

The playoff start times, however, are exact as follows:
Semifinals: 8:45-9:15 PM
Finals: 9:30-10:00 PM

The semifinals consist of 3 rooms of 8 players on a round of 35 tossup questions. The top 3 in each room advance to the finals. If a student reaches 40 points in the semifinals, they are finished and automatically advance to the finals; if three players reach 40 points before all 35 tossups are read, the round is played to completion for everyone else. Ties are played off for positions 1st through 3rd as needed to determine who advances to the finals. These are played on the “sudden victory” principle – a correct response advances a player, but an incorrect response does not eliminate a player. Ties for semifinalist positions (10th through 24th-40th) are determined by the score in the playoff round, then preliminary rank.

The finals consists of 1 room with 9 players on a round of 35 tossup questions. In the finals, if a student reaches 40 points before anyone else, that student wins; the round is played to completion for everyone else. Subsequent students who hit 40 points would rank second, third, etc. Ties are played off for all positions in the Finals (1st through 9th) using “sudden victory” questions.

The prelims use the standard Bee scoring system: one point for a correct answer, minus one point for the third incorrect interrupted answer, and no penalties for other incorrect answers. The playoffs use the Nationals Bee Playoff scoring system, with superpowers and incorrect penalties.

Varsity and Junior Varsity Hotel Information
The official hotel for the 2018 Varsity and Junior Varsity International Geography Bee National Championships is the Crystal Gateway Marriott http://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/wasgw-crystal-gateway-marriott/ in Crystal City, Arlington, VA. We have secured a rate of $142 per night plus tax for quad occupancy. This rate is valid from Thursday April 26 through (i.e. including) Saturday night April 28. We will try and work with those who wish to extend their stay to also have this rate available on the extra nights, but cannot guarantee this, though the hotel has often extended this rate to most guests who book early enough. The hotel is connected by an underground walkway to a Metro station (i.e. the subway), which is about 3 minutes away. From the hotel to the center of DC it is only 3-4 stops. Between the hotel and the subway stop is an underground shopping mall with numerous food options for all price ranges. Internet access is free in the lobby and the competition rooms; in the bedrooms it is extra, but between smart phones and complimentary internet in the lobby, this shouldn’t be a major concern.
After 5pm on Friday, free parking can be found in the Crystal City complex (though NOT at the hotel itself!) The hotel is also located only about half a mile from Reagan National Airport, and there is a free airport shuttle as well. We recommend you fly into Reagan National if you plan on flying. Guests who fly will not need to rent cars to get around.

To make reservations at the host hotel (i.e. the Crystal Gateway Marriott in Arlington, VA), please click on this link to make your reservation online. Do not worry about the reservations website saying just “National History Bee and Bowl” – if you are just coming for geography events, you can still book through the block of rooms we have at this link.
Please do NOT call any number to make reservations, as you will then not be counted as part of our group, and receive the group rate. For general questions regarding the hotel, you can call the Crystal Gateway Marriott directly at 703-920-3230. Please note that the hotel has sold out our room block every year! Please be sure to book early to reserve your rooms!