WHATCOM ­— Four local students participate this Friday, March 29, in the second level of the National Geographic GeoBee competition, taking place at Highline College in Des Moines. 

In all, 100 students in grades four through eight in Washington State will be present. 

Advancing from their school level are: eighth grader Logan Thiessen of Blaine Middle School; fifth grader Jacob Bagara of Ferndale’s Cascadia Elementary School; eighth grader Collin Anker of Ebenezer Christian School of Lynden; and eighth grader Seth Doucet of Lynden Christian School.

Students in both the GeoBee and GeoChallenge (for Oregon and Hawaii entrants) are vying for prizes and a chance to advance to the national competition at National Geographic Society headquarters in Washington, D.C., in May. A state champion also receives a $1,000 cash prize.

These are a few sample questions used in the past:

Which state produces more automobiles — Vermont or Michigan? Michigan

Which state is larger in area — West Virginia or Florida? Florida

Which continent includes the Jutland and Iberian peninsulas? Europe

Brisbane and Perth are port cities on which continent? Australia