Jared Reinemo is this year's Upper School Grade 9 champion in the Canadian Geographic Challenge.
Jared, runner-up, Gavin Mei, and class representatives, Malcolm Clark, William Deudney, James Zhou, and Richard Yang, were among the top Grade 9 geography students competing in last week's online Level 2 challenge using assigned Kahoot! questions.
The competition was close with tie-breaker criteria based on class-level results being used to separate the top two contestants. Level 2 school champions receive a certificate, a medal, and a one-year magazine subscription to Canadian Geographic.
Here are some of the questions:
• What does GPS stand for? (Global Positioning System)
• Which two countries were the first to declare independence from Yugoslavia? (Slovenia and Croatia)
• What animal is a natural host of the Nipah virus in Asia? (fruit bats)
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 College have been competing in class competitions coordinated by their teachers, Adam Kowaltschuk, Melissa Ramon, Joe Commisso, and David Joiner, since January in preparation for the opportunity to vie for the Middle School and Upper School titles.
Jared now moves on to represent St. Andrew's College in an online provincial competition within the next month. The Top 20 finalists will then be invited to participate in the virtual National Final 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.
Story by David Joiner