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Meet the 2018 Can Geo Challenge national finalists

This coming weekend, youth from across the country will descend on Ottawa to take part in one of Canada's biggest student competitions. From May 26 to 28, the 23rd annual Canadian Geographic Challenge will see the country's brightest young geographers vie for the title of National Champion.

More than 22,000 students in Grades 7 to 10 participated in this year's Challenge. Twenty students qualified for the national final, which consists of a written test, a fieldwork round and a live trivia-style final. Only the top five students will advance to the live final, which will be held at the Canadian War Museum. Adventurer Mylène Paquette, the first woman from North America to row solo across the North Atlantic, will be hosting the final.

In advance of their big weekend, the finalists were asked to share a little bit about their hobbies, role models and dreams.

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