Lake Cowichan Secondary School Grade 7 student Evan Croteau

Lake Cowichan Secondary School Grade 7 student Evan Croteau

LCSS student finishes national Geography Challenge in the top 10

Local Grade 7 student Evan Croteau, 12, is a force to be reckoned with when it comes to world geographic knowledge.

  • Apr. 18, 2011 12:00 p.m.

Local Grade 7 student Evan Croteau, 12, is a force to be reckoned with when it comes to world geographic knowledge.

Evan placed seventh in last week’s national Great Canadian Geography Challenge test.

This seventh place finish comes after placing first in School District 79, and within the top three, provincially.

The competition is open to students from Grade 7 to 10, giving Evan’s competitors an age advantage, and making his accomplishment all the more impressive.

Of the top 10 national finalists, Evan was the youngest.

The nearly straight-A Lake Cowichan Secondary School student chalks his success in the Geography Challenge to having a good memory.

“If I see something – if I look at a map, I’ll remember it,” he said.

Evan’s mother, Connie Croteau, remembers seeing Evan bring a globe with him into the television room, from the age of five, whenever the family sat down to watch documentary films about different areas of the world. From a young age, he liked to relate information he learned about countries to the location they are on the planet.

“He used to boggle our minds with what he knew,” Connie said.

An electronic globe, maps, and Google Earth, have all helped Evan’s increasingly encyclopedic knowledge of world geography.

The Great Canadian Geography Challenge consists of multiple choice questions around various issues students typically learn about in Geography class, including history, weather patterns, countries’ flags, facts about countries, the location of countries, and various other things.

All tests were taken online, with Evan answering 97 out of 124 correctly during the nation-wide test.

It isn’t all about studying Geography for Evan, who is also an outdoor enthusiast.

Although he’s not yet sure what he’d like to do once he graduates from high school in about five years, he does know that he’s interested in both writing and travelling.

He’s also currently in the midst of training to become a lifeguard.

Since the Great Canadian Geography Challenge is open to students up to Grade 10, Evan has three more chances to participate; an opportunity he plans on taking advantage of.

Just Posted

An example of the forest land in the Port Renfrew and Fairy Creek area of Vancouver Island is shown on May 11, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jen Osborne
Old-growth logging opponents launch hunger strike as arrests continue at Fairy Creek

Zain Haq says the hunger strikers will gather today at Burrard Street in downtown Vancouver

An example of the forest land in the Port Renfrew and Fairy Creek area of Vancouver Island is shown on May 11, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jen Osborne
Old-growth logging opponents launch hunger strike as arrests continue at Fairy Creek

Zain Haq says the hunger strikers will gather today at Burrard Street in downtown Vancouver

Grade 12 students Sophia Kazakoff and Catherine Yuan accept QMS’s Stigma Free Designation award from Stigma-Free Society president, Andrea Paquette. (Submitted)
Duncan’s QMS earns ‘Stigma-Free’ designation

“No school in the province has accomplished what QMS did in such a short period of time”

“About a year after it was last used for a bottle drive, Lake Cowichan’s derelict Scout and Guide Hall came down Monday, June 6. Girl Guides have since moved into different churches and halls around the area. Town council has yet to decide what will be done with the now vacant town-owned site.” (Tyler Clarke/Lake Cowichan Gazette, June 8, 2011)
Flashback: A.B. Greenwell, Lady of the Lake, good and bad news for the Lake News

What was making headlines this week around Cowichan Lake in years gone by

Conner Gilkin, 5, shows of some of his newfound loot to buddy Jax Dul, 7, during the Lake Cowichan treasure hunt on Saturday, June 5. (Kevin Rothbauer/Gazette)
Weekly hunt has Lake Cowichan digging for treasure

Gold? Silver? Candy? Andrew Braye has stashed away a range of prizes for eager treasure hunters

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau participates in a plenary session at the G7 Summit in Carbis Bay, England on Friday June 11, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Canada donating 13M surplus COVID-19 vaccine doses to poor countries

Trudeau says the government will pay for 87 million shots to be distributed to poor countries

Premier John Horgan speaks as provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry, right, and health minister Adrian Dix look on during a press conference to update on the province’s fall pandemic preparedness plan during a press conference from the press theatre at Legislature in Victoria, Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito
B.C. officials to provide details on Step 2 of COVID reopening plan Monday

Step 2 could allow for larger gatherings and a resumption of recreational travel

Indigenous Services Minister Marc Miller is seen during a news conference, Wednesday May 19, 2021 in Ottawa. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Indigenous child-welfare battle heads to court despite calls for Ottawa to drop cases

Feds are poised to argue against two Canadian Human Rights Tribunal rulings

The Great Ogopogo Bathtub Race has been held in Summerland as a fundraising event. Do you know which Canadian city introduced this sport? (Black Press file photo)
QUIZ: A summer’s day at the water

How much do you know about boats, lakes and water?

Two-year-old Ivy McLeod laughs while playing with Lucky the puppy outside their Chilliwack home on Thursday, June 10, 2021. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)
VIDEO: B.C. family finds ‘perfect’ puppy with limb difference for 2-year-old Ivy

Ivy has special bond with Lucky the puppy who was also born with limb difference

A million-dollar ticket was sold to an individual in Vernon from the Lotto Max draw Friday, June 11, 2021. (Photo courtesy of BCLC)
Lottery ticket worth $1 million sold in Vernon

One lucky individual holds one of 20 tickets worth $1 million from Friday’s Lotto Max draw

“65 years, I’ve carried the stories in my mind and live it every day,” says Jack Kruger. (Athena Bonneau)
‘Maybe this time they will listen’: Survivor shares stories from B.C. residential school

Jack Kruger, living in Syilx territory, wasn’t surprised by news of 215 children’s remains found on the grounds of the former Kamloops Indian Residential School

A logging truck carries its load down the Elaho Valley near in Squamish, B.C. in this file photo. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chuck Stoody
Squamish Nation calls for old-growth logging moratorium in its territory

The nation says 44% of old-growth forests in its 6,900-square kilometre territory are protected while the rest remain at risk

Most Read