Two students from Fairfield middle schools have advanced to statewide competition in a national geography bee.

Dustin Brown, an eighth-grader at Tomlinson Middle School, and Ian Sacci, an eighth-grader at Fairfield Woods Middle School, will compete in the National Geographic Society's Connecticut bee on Friday at Central Connecticut State University.

Both boys won competitions at their respective schools, then scored high enough on written tests to qualify for the state bee in New Britain, contest coordinators at their schools said.

The state champion will earn a $100 cash prize and a spot in the national finals May 11 to 13 at the National Geographic Society headquarters in Washington, D.C., according to the society.

The national champion will receive a $50,000 college scholarship, lifetime membership in the National Geographic Society and a trip with a parent or guardian to the Galápagos Islands off the coast of Ecuador to observe the islands' wildlife and landscapes, according to a society news release.