Grade 9 student Jonathan Shen is this year’s school champion in the Canadian Geographic Challenge.
Jonathan, runner-up Ujash Sharma, grade 9, and third-place finishers Charles McDonell, grade 8, and Danial Sedghi Shabastari, grade 9, were among the top geography students from grades 7 to 9 competing in Thursday’s challenge in Ketchum Auditorium.
Dr. David Joiner, Head of the Geography Department, posed a series of questions over the course of 30 minutes to the 13 students participating, allowing them 10 seconds to determine their answers. The competition was very close with only three points separating the top four contestants.
Here are some of the questions:
What does a glacier produce when it reaches the sea and breaks into chunks? (Icebergs)
How many Canadian provinces and territories do not have marine coastlines? (2)
What is the distance represented by 1 degree of latitude? (111 km)
Thousands of students representing schools from across Canada participate in the annual Canadian Geographic Challenge. Middle School and grade 9 students at St. Andrew's have been competing in class competitions coordinated by their teachers, David Joiner, Adam Kowaltschuk, Joe Commisso, and Ben Kitagawa, since January in preparation for the opportunity to vie for the School title in front of their colleagues.
This year’s Level 2 Challenge finalists were Noah Savage (grade 7), Anush Subasan (grade 7), Brennan Mangat (grade 7), Michael Zhang (grade 8), Adam Campagna (grade 8), Charles McDonell (grade 8), Ethan Thomas (grade 8), Bob Chen (grade), Ujash Sharma (grade 9), Danial Sedghi Shabastari (grade 9), Carlos Castilla Maldonado (grade 9), Michael Chen (grade 9), and Jonathan Shen (grade 9).
Jonathan now moves on to represent St. Andrew’s in an online provincial competition within the next few days. The Top 20 finalists will then be invited to the National Championship in Ottawa in May.
After 24 successful years and more than two million student participants, the Canadian Geographic Challenge continues to build interest in geography among young Canadians by allowing them to test their knowledge in friendly competition.
The challenge is organized by Canadian Geographic Education, the standing educational committee of The Royal Canadian Geographical Society. The challenge is also sponsored by Canadian Geographic
magazine, Google, and One Ocean Expeditions.Past questions are available online.
Story by David Joiner