High School Students Participate in Geography Contest – NBC Connecticut

High school students from across the state put their geography skills and knowledge to the test at 29and Connecticut High School Geography Challenge.

The first challenge required them to answer geography-related questions and find their way around Central Connecticut State University using a compass.

“It’s funny. It gets them out of their seats and doing some geography,” said Kathleen Ryan, a retired social science teacher and co-chair of the planning committee.

This year there were 15 high schools from Danbury to Manchester who competed, and the challenges focused on global climate change.

Ryan, along with teachers and students who participated, said they were thrilled as they waited two years to compete after COVID forced them to cancel competition in 2020 and 2021.

“We have a team of nine phenomenal young people who have dedicated their entire last two years to study, to prepare, to really prepare for this incredible opportunity,” said Rachel Torres, professor of social studies at the Newtown Highschool.

Torres said she was so proud of her students who waited for this moment.

When Newtown High students couldn’t compete last year, they took it upon themselves to hold a geography bee for young middle school students and Ryan Michlovitz won. He is now a freshman competing on the high school team.

“I’m so proud of him,” Torres said. “He’s a freshman. He walked into a space that is mostly made up of upper class students and he won our geography bee that we were hosting for our younger students. So it’s a real honor. »

The Newtown High team hoped their hard work would pay off.

“I’m a little excited. Hope we are doing well,” Michlovitz said.

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