WHS Junior Heads to U.S. Geography Olympiad for 2nd Time

Westlake High School junior Kyle Yu and gifted specialist Anne Dill.

Westlake High School junior Kyle Yu and gifted specialist Anne Dill.

Westlake High School junior Kyle Yu is heading to the 2017 United States Geography Olympiad (USGO) in Arlington, Virginia, on April 21 for the second time.

Kyle took the challenging written qualifying exam with gifted specialist Anne Dill in early March. To qualify for the USGO, students must finish in the top half of students on the National Qualifying Exam in their division, or in the top half of scores across the country.

Last year, Kyle qualified for the Junior Varsity level and earned the individual first place trophy in the USA Olympiad.

“Kyle’s goal is to make the USA International Team and have the opportunity to attend the World Olympiad,” Dill said.

At the national championship, all Varsity students will participate in a three-part competition, including a 40-minute written exam, a 75-question multiple choice exam focusing on conceptual questions, and a map skills exam consisting of seven to nine sets of questions. The top four Varsity students will constitute Team USA at the 2017 International Geography Olympiad in Belgrade, Serbia, in August.

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