WATERVILLE — The first round of the National Geographic Bee will begin at 9 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 10, at Mount Merici Academy, 152 Western Ave.

The National Geographic Society will hold the event for students in the fourth through eighth grades in schools across the United States. The 2012 bee is sponsored by Google.

The winner of the Mount Merici bee will advance to the next level of competition, a written examination to determine state competitors. All school winners are eligible to win the national championship and its first prize, a $25,000 college scholarship.

For more information, call 873-3773.