Grade 7 student Baichen Luo is this year’s school champion in the Canadian Geographic Challenge.
Baichen and runners-up Andy Wang, Grade 8, and Lucas Chen, 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 Canadian and World Studies Department, posed a series of twenty 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 a few points separating the top contestants.
Here are some of the questions:
How much of the food produced in the world is lost or wasted? (1/3)
In June 2021, which woman became Canada’s first Indigenous Governor General? (Mary Simon)
The Valles Marineris canyon system is located on which planet? (Mars)
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 Adam Kowaltschuk, Tomika McIntosh, Joe Commisso, and David Joiner since December in preparation for the opportunity to vie for the School title in front of their classmates.
This year’s Level 2 Challenge finalists were Baichen Luo (Grade 7), Darien Abdulla (Grade 7), Anthony Chen (Grade 7), Andrew Mouratidis (Grade 8), Jayden Leung (Grade 8), Andy Wang (Grade 8), Rohan Trivedi (Grade 8), Lucas Chen (Grade 9), Nathan Villamere (Grade 9), Miraj Siddiqui (Grade 9), Victor Sajko (Grade 9), Ibrahim Rahman (Grade 9), and Cole Martins (Grade 9).
Baichen 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 the virtual National Final where they could win a place on the Canadian team for the International Geography Competition.
After 27 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 supported by the Trebek Family Foundation. Past questions are available online.
Story by David Joiner