Abbey Park HS student places 3rd at Canadian Geographic Challenge

2018 Canadian Geographic Challenge
Abbey Park HS student places 3rd at Canadian Geographic Challenge
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Ryan Sharpe, a Grade 9 student who attends Abbey Park High School in Oakville placed third in the new Canadian Geographic Challenge Champion and won $2,000. The new Canadian Geographic Challenge is recognized as Canada’s most prestigious award for geography students.

First Place

William Chapman from Ottawa was named as the new Canadian Geographic Challenge Champion. William also won a cheque for $5,000.

Second Place

David Landry, as student at Lisgar Collegiate Institute in Ottawa, come in a close second and won $3,000.

In addition, all five finalists from the competition will each receive a berth on One Ocean Expeditions’ 10 night/11 day Canada’s East Coast Fins and Fiddles Expedition Cruise, Destination Canada’s Canadian Signature Experience. Students will have a variety of opportunities to explore key geographical highlights of Canada’s East Coast, including a visit to the remote Sable Island to see its famous wild horses.

In front of an audience of more than 100 people, and with many others watching the live stream online, the top five contenders faced off in a game show-style competition to test their geography knowledge.

Canadian Geographic Challenge Experts

  1. Adventurer Mylène Paquette hosted the event and several famous explorers and scientists weighed in throughout the competition with video questions.
  2. Jill Heinerth, The Royal Canadian Geographical Society’s (RCGS) Explorer-in-Residence and the world’s top female cave diver, taped her question in the Arctic.
  3. On the opposite pole, One Ocean Expeditions, the exclusive marine travel partner of the RCGS, asked students about geological formations in Antarctica.
  4. The Canadian Space Agency’s astronaut David Saint-Jacques posed his questions all the way from Moscow, Russia.
  5. Alison Smith, host of CPAC’s Perspective, quizzed students about global democracy.

“The Canadian Geographic Challenge continues to highlight the phenomenal geographical work of students in all corners of the country,” says Ellen Curtis, RCGS Director of Education. “These students exemplify the qualities of hard work, dedication, critical thinking and determination that we want in our future leaders. It’s amazing to see the Challenge continue to grow and inspire more students each year.”

About the Canadian Geographic Challenge

The challenge is divided into two levels. The first level is for children in grade 4 to 6. Level two tests students who are in grade 7, 8, 9 and 10. All schools from across the country participate. The top student per school moves onto the provincial and territorial challenge, and finally there just 5 finalists.



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