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September 2009
Register now for the Geography Challenge

New this year, we are offering an environmentally and user-friendly way to register for the Geography Challenge! By creating an online account, you will have everything that you need to participate in the Geography Challenge at the school, provincial and national levels right at your fingertips. This means that you no longer have to wait for your kit to be mailed to you — as soon as you register, all of the materials will be available instantly!

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July 15, 2009
Canadians take gold medal at World Championship!

A team of three Canadian students — Peter Brandt, Chris Chiavatti and Graham Tompkins — won the gold medal today at the National Geographic World Championship in Mexico City.

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June 2009
Good luck to Team Canada heading off to Mexico City to compete in the National Geographic World Championship from July 11 to 15, 2009

Team members:

Peter Brandt, Steinbach, Manitoba
(1st place, 2009 National Final)

Chris Chiavatti, Burnaby, British Columbia
(2nd place, 2009 National Final)

Graham Tompkins, Dartmouth, Nova Scotia
(2nd place, 2008 National Final)

May 2008
Twice a champion
For the second year in a row, Maxim Ralchenko of Ottawa has won the Geography Challenge national final. The 14-year old high school student beat out 41 other finalists from every Canadian province and territory in the online competition held in May by the Canadian Council for Geographic Education.

Ralchenko, who lists geography among his favourite subjects, was a member of the Canadian team that placed third last year at the National Geographic World Championship in San Diego, California.

Graham Tompkins, 15, of Dartmouth, N.S., took second place after a gruelling three rounds of questions to break a four-way tie. Daniel Austin-Boyd, 14, of Toronto placed third.

National finalists from the 2008 and 2009 Challenges will be eligible to compete for a spot on Team Canada for the 2009 World Championship, at a location yet to be determined.

September 2007
Team Canada brings home bronze
Maxim Ralchenko, Jonathan Whyte and Marky Freeman brought home a bronze medal from the 2007 National Geographic World Championship in San Diego, California where they represented Canada and competed against 16 other countries.
Maxim Ralchenko
May 18, 2007
Winners of the 2007 Geography Challenge
Press Release: WE HAVE OUR WINNERS!” (PDF)
OTTAWA: Three students – Maxim Ralchenko, Marky Freeman and Jonathan Whyte – came out on top at the national championship of The Great Canadian Geography Challenge, …
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Jonathan Whyte
May 15, 2006
Winners of the 2006 Geography Challenge
Press Release: THREE STUDENTS MAKE IT TO THE TOP!” (PDF)
OTTAWA: Three students — Weiyang (John) Yao, Jonathan Whyte and RaphaŽl Hugo Ouellet — came out on top at the national championship of The Great Canadian Geography Challenge…
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September 2005
2005 National Geographic World Championship
Team Canada brought home the bronze medal from the 2005 National Geographic World Championship.

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