The US Geography Olympiad has finished its 2015 calendar year on a high note: at the 2015 Lower Hudson tournament on Dec. 19, we saw both a record number of students taking the National Qualifying Exam (54) and the second highest score so far this year – a 94 from Alexander Koutsoukos of Middlebrook Middle School in Wilton, CT. The highest score remains a 96 at the very first exam site of the year (North Texas Fall) from Benjamin Benjadol of Central Junior High School in Euless, TX.
So far, our C Set Exam this year has a higher overall average score than exams from past years, but a couple of tricky questions have meant that no one so far has reached a perfect score in the 2015-16 school year. In early 2016, we will debut the B Set and A Set Exams, giving students who haven’t yet qualified additional chances to do so, and giving students who have opportunity to get more practice prior to JV and Varsity Nationals on April 22. Note that JV and Varsity Nationals registration is now open here as well!
We have also posted some additional information regarding the middle and elementary school exams here. Further details will be added shortly. Thanks for a great 2015 to everyone who competed this calendar year, and we look forward to an exciting 2016 as well! Best wishes for the new year from all of us at USGO.