RRISD Student wins Geography Olympiad, eighth-grade division champion

Geography_olympiad-01Canyon Vista Middle School eighth-grade student Andy Tutuc is the champion of the United States Geography Olympiad for his respective division.

The United States Geography Olympiad is a national exam that tests students geography skills. There are three stages of testing for the Olympiad including an online exam, regional final and national final.

“Canyon Vista is so proud of Andy,” Canyon Vista Principal Nicole Hagerty said. “His hard work and efforts have paid off and I know he stands as an inspiration to all, young and old, to pursue your passions, whatever they may be.”

The competition was comprised of two question and answer buzzer sessions which tested US and World Geography knowledge, two written exams and a map challenge. Tutuc earned the highest score on all rounds combined making him the highest scoring eighth-grade student in the nation.

Tutuc represents not only Round Rock ISD with this accomplishment but also Texas as he was the only student from the state to champion a division.

“I would like to thank our Social Studies Department, Geography Club sponsor and UIL coaches for their continued efforts in developing such passions in our students,” Hagerty said.