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2010 Geography Challenge National Final

Fifth time’s a charm

After competing in the Geography Challenge for five years in a row, Alejandro Torres-Lopez (right) of North Vancouver won the national final in May. The 15-year-old Handsworth Secondary School student competed against 34 other finalists from across the country in the online competition organized by the Canadian Council for Geographic Education.

“I was really excited that in my last year of competing, I had a good finish,” he says.

Torres-Lopez, whose father is from Argentina and whose mother is from Portugal, has travelled to 20 different countries, which he says is the reason he enjoys learning about culture and geography.

“I like knowing which countries have the biggest rivers, the biggest mountains, the biggest cities,” he says. “The Challenge was a wonderful experience, and I learned so much.”

Fourteen-year-old Yujia Zhu of Montréal took second place and is the first female to finish in the top three in the 16-year history of the competition. Alexander Cohen, 14, of Ottawa answered two rounds of questions perfectly to break a tie and claim third place for the second consecutive

— Jessica Bell
(Photo courtesy Carolina Torres)

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