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September 2015 News

DDCS student tops state in geography

  • Written by  Elissa Dowling
Geography ace Ethan Archer Photo: Provided

Darling Downs Christian School Year 11 student, Ethan Archer, may have spent most of his life in Toowoomba, but he already has a great grasp on the world at large.

Ethan recently took part in the 21st annual Australian Geography Competition and was selected in the top 16 students from across Australia.

Approximately 75,000 students entered the nation-wide competition, which is run by the Australian Geography Teachers’ Association and the Royal Geographical Society of Queensland as a way of promoting geography and enhancing its position in schools.  

Ethan was one of only two Queensland students selected, and the only Toowoomba student.

He said geography had always been one of his favourite subjects.

“I like that you can use it to work out how many of the problems around the world can be fixed,” he said.

Ethan will now take part in “The Big Week Out” on North Stradbroke Island.

Geography’s Big Week Out is a mix of stimulating and hands-on geography activities designed to challenge and extend high-scoring students from the competition.

It is also where Australia’s team to the International Geography Olympiad to be held in Beijing in August 2016 will be selected.

Ethan said he was excited about the possibility of representing Australia.

“We are very proud to see Ethan succeed at such a high level,” DDCS Principal Adrian Fitzpatrick said.

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