The preliminary rounds will begin at 9 a.m. and the final rounds will kick off at 12:15 p.m. at the McAninch Arts Center at the College of DuPage.
The winner of Friday's competition will represent the state in the national competition May 19 to 21 in Washington, D.C., according to the National Geographic Society press release.
The final round of the national geographic bee will be moderated by Soledad O'Brien with a $50,000 college scholarship at stake.
Local students who will be competing at Friday's geographic bee include:
- MICHAEL ZIMA, Glen Crest Middle School in Glen Ellyn
- JACK C EMERSON, Hadley Junior High School in Glen Ellyn
JOSEPH M KIPP, St. Michael Parish Middle School in Wheaton