Connecticut Geographic Alliance


A team of five students from Daniel Hand High School in Madison won the 23rd annual Connecticut High School Geography Challenge on Tuesday, May 20 at The University of Connecticut in Storrs.  The CT High School Geography Challenge is sponsored by the Connecticut Geographic Alliance, a group of teacher consultants, university professors, and supporters of geography education that has been promoting geography education since 1988.

A five-member team from Housatonic Valley Regional High School in Falls Village finished second, and a team from Edwin O. Smith High School in Storrs finished third. 

The Daniel Hand High School team and teacher Thomas Quirk are awarded for the winning performance at the 2014 Connecticut High School Geography Challenge held at The University of Connecticut in Storrs on Tuesday, May 20.  Connecticut Geographic Alliance state coordinator Dr. Andy Jolly-Ballantine of the UConn Geography Department presents the awards.

Schools from around Connecticut competed in this statewide, interscholastic, academic competition:

  • Bacon Academy, Colchester
  • Bethel High School
  • Howell Cheney Regional Vocational-Technical High School, Manchester
  • Danbury High School
  • Housatonic Valley Regional High School, Falls Village
  • Daniel Hand High School, Madison
  • Manchester High School
  • Metropolitan Learning Center, Bloomfield
  • New Britain High School
  • Norwich Free Academy
  • Edwin O. Smith High School, Storrs
  • South Windsor High School
  • Two Rivers Magnet High School, Hartford

Student teams competed in map reading, orienteering, problem-solving, and a geography quiz bowl around the theme of EXPLORATION.  The top three finishing teams won individual medallions and plaques for their schools.

Registration forms for the 2015 CT High School Geography Challenge will be sent to CT high school social studies departments in November.

For additional information on the Connecticut High School Geography Challenge, contact CGA teacher consultant Kathleen Ryan at

Read the article in the Hartford Courant.


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