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Geography Challenge 2017
May 31, 2017
On Tuesday, May 16, the Lyme-Old Lyme travelled to UConn for the 26th annual Geography Challenge. This competition is the only state geography competition in the country and is sponsored by the Connecticut Geographic Alliance.
Each team must compete in a total of four tests of their geographic knowledge: Problem Solving, Map Reading, Geo Caching 0r Orienteering, and Quiz Bowl. The LOL team consisted of seniors Cole Dushin and Natalie Rugg, Sarah Kwon and Hannah Wisner, and Ryan McTigue, and was led by Mr. Elliott and Mr. D’Aquila.
The team did the best on Problem Solving, earning a perfect 50 points. In Map Reading, the most challenging event, LOL earned a respectable 33. For Geo Caching, a sport wherein people use a GPS to find checkpoints, our team earned a solid 48. Quiz Bowl started off slowly, as the team had not studied water-related terms (such as limnology), but when the questions turned to world water systems, the team rebounded. The Lyme-Old Lyme team finished strongly—third place overall—in only their second time attending the event.