Hawthorn (Literally) Goes National: Canadian Geographic Challenge

Scenic view of British Columbia's mountains in the background and a flowing river in the foreground

This year, our Grade 9 class participated in the Canadian Geographic Challenge. It is a national, bilingual Geography competition for Canadian students, offered in French and English. This annual competition was created in 1995 to build student interest in geography. While it started small, this competition now has over 500 schools participating from across Canada, with more than 2 million competitors!

In February, our Grade 9s competed in the Classroom and School rounds of the Level 2 competition, for students in grades 7-10. Questions are multiple choice trivia style, that encourage students to apply their geographic knowledge and geographic thinking skills. Congratulations to all of our geographers, and particularly to the following:

Classroom Round:

Dani Gastelum – 1st place

Isa Medina and Cecilia Romanelli – tied for 2nd place 

Martha Salonga – 3rd place

School Round:

Lillian Guo – 1st place

Adesuwa Orobosa – 2nd place

Dani Gastelum – 3rd place

Special congratulations to our first place student, Lillian Guo, who now completed the Provincial Level 2 Competition in early April. Winners from that competition will be entered into the National Competition held in June. Best of luck, Lillian!

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