FARMINGTON — One hundred students from across the state of Maine will compete in the 2012 Maine National Geographic Bee at the University of Maine Farmington next weekend.

Brian H. Cushing, who serves as coordinator of the state event, said the daylong competition will be held Friday, March 30, at the Olsen Student Center.

Cushing said competitors, who are in grades 4-8, will have to answer a variety of questions about United States and world geography, such as which city on the Great Lakes has the largest population – the answer is Chicago.

The winner will represent Maine in the national competition May 22-24 at the National Geographic Society headquarters in Washington, D.C.

Jeopardy host Alex Trebek will moderate the national bee as students compete for a $25,000 college scholarship prize. In addition to the scholarship, the national winner and a parent will be invited to an all expenses paid tour of the Galapagos Islands.

A team of three American students – selected from the top 10 finalists – will be eligible to compete in the 2013 international world geography championship in St. Petersburg, Russia.