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Three TDSB students set to challenge in national geography competition

Three TDSB students set to challenge in national geography competition

Thursday, April 16, 2015
Categories: Great Things, Happenings @ TDSB, School Web Stories

Three TDSB students are among 20 finalists from across the country who have been selected by The Royal Canadian Geographical Society (RCGS) to compete in the National Final of the Canadian Geographic Challenge, be held in Ottawa in May. Abir E from Islington JMS, Bobby L from Windfields JHS, and Adrian M from Riverdale CI all qualified by virtue of outstanding performances, first at the local school level, and then in provincial competition.

In the provincials, students in grades 7 to 10 answer 50 questions in an online, multiple-choice format quiz, with a maximum of 30 seconds to respond to each. There are an additional 20 questions in the case of tie breakers. Scores are recorded by the RCGS and used to select provincial/territorial champions who then are invited to compete at the national level.

To qualify for the provincials, schools host local competitions to determine champions. At many schools, that sees every qualifying student participate in a multi-round local quiz. The questions are read to the students, who write out their answers. Finalists then compete in front of their peers until a school champion is declared. 

Islington JMS champ Abir E had his sights set on the national final from the beginning. He prepared for each stage by utilizing a number of resources, including the Canadian Geographic Challenge Study Zone, the Canadian Oxford School Atlas, his class geography textbook, and countless books from the library. Besides being crowned school champ for the Canadian Geographic Challenge, Abir is a member of the school’s Science Challenge team (University of Toronto), Gauss Math Team (University of Waterloo), and still finds time for art and to play Captain Hook in the upcoming school play Peter Pan. Abir is looking forward to competing in Ottawa and continuing to explore and develop his appreciation for Geography. “It’s a subject area that has always excited me,” he said. “It enables me to expand my knowledge base of different cultures and geographical masses.” 

The 15 year old Windfields JHS school champ, Bobby, is also using a variety of different sources, such as Google Earth, atlas, government websites, past GeoBees and even different peoples’ personal perspectives, to help him prepare for the upcoming competition. He considers geography an essential in life. “It is so important to understand how our Earth works and how we have changed it,” he said. “I find that not only does my knowledge help me understand those around me, it makes me more adaptable to their cultures and traditions. You really do see life from a whole new angle.” 

Grade 10 Riverdale CI student Adrian agrees. “Knowing about the land and the cultures of different regions is profound,” he said. The 15 year old is looking forward to the competition and the whole experience that awaits in the nation’s capital. “I have been to Ottawa before and really like the city but I am also looking forward to competing; I am very competitive.”

This is the 20th anniversary of the Canadian Geographic Challenge, which has grown to see some 500 schools participate from coast to coast to coast. The national championship is made up of three rounds: one which requires students to complete geographic field work; a semi-final round that is a written test; and a final round that sees scores from rounds one and two tallied to determine five finalists that square off in a game show-like format. 

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