A team of 5 students from Lyme—Old Lyme High School narrowly missed winning the 26th annual Connecticut High School Geography Challenge at UConn in Storrs on Tuesday, May 16. The Connecticut High School Geography Challenge is an annual statewide interscholastic academic team competition hosted by the Connecticut Geographic Alliance. The theme of this year’s highly competitive event was “Fresh Water”.
A team of five students from South Windsor High School won the statewide interscholastic competition, one point ahead of the Fairfield Warde team on a tie breaker question on the day’s final event. Lyme—Old Lyme High School, last year’s winner, finished a close third this year. The Lyme—Old Lyme High School team was composed of Sarah Kwon, Ryan McTigue, Hannah Wisner, Natalie Rugg, and Cole Dushin, and their coach was teacher Glenn Elliott.
Eighteen high school teams from around Connecticut competed in events focused on this year’s theme of “Fresh Water”. In the morning students scoured the central campus in a modified orienteering event or a new geo-caching activity that used GPS technology, read traditional maps and online GIS information in the map reading activity, and hunted for a gang of spies in a virtual scavenger hunt problem-solving activity. In the afternoon all teams competed in a geography quiz bowl in the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center on campus. These events all had thematic “Fresh Water” related questions for students to solve and answer. Nice work LOLHS Geo Challenge Team!!!
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