FORTY eight students of Wingham High School entered into the Australian Geography Competition.
Seventeen students achieved amazing results and scored in the top 35 per cent in the country. Nine of these students achieved credits, four achieved distinctions and four achieved high distinctions.
Year 10 student Archie Robertson tells of his own impressive result...
“I came in the top two per cent of the country for the National Geography Competition. This competition is run by National Geographic and often involves questions relating to stories in previous issues of National Geographic magazine. I was presented with an Academic Gold Award at the excellence assembly for my results. I enjoy some of the aspects of geography, many of which were covered in the test. Our whole class took part in the test. I was surprised how well I did. I received a high distinction for the test results.”
As well as Archie, the other three students to receive high distinctions were:
Cody Chapman (Year 10), Isaac French (Year 10) and Aiden Hartveld (Year 11) – their scores have placed them in the top eight per cent of the country.
The competition aims to encourage student interest in geography and to reward student excellence.
The competition was open to students studying geography (or an integrated social science that includes geography) in all years of secondary school. Primary schools could also enter. Initially held in 1995, the Competition has a wide appeal to students, their families and teachers. In 2012 it attracted entries from approximately 80,000 students.