Russian Pupils Demonstrated Brilliant Knowledge of Geography

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One gold, one silver, two bronze medals: the International School Olympiad in Geography Baltic iGeo has ended in the Kaliningrad region. A schoolgirl from Russia, Mechnikova Katharina, got one of the gold medals, Lada Antonova got a silver medal, bronze medals were won by Mikhail Balaban and Dmitry Fomin. In total, according to the results of the Olympiad, three people received gold, seven people received silver, and 13 people got bronze.

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The Olympiad is traditionally held at the end of June on the shores of the Baltic Sea. This year the event is hosted by Russia. The organizers are the Russian Geographical Society, the RGS branch in Kaliningrad, Lomonosov Moscow State University, as well as Baltic Federal University named after I.Kant, which became the home for the Olympians this week.

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46 most talented schoolchildren from Russia, Belarus, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland and Estonia took part in the competition. The composition of the Russian team was formed according to the results of the final stage of the All-Russian School Olympiad.

Russia was presented at the VI Baltic Olympiad in Geography by:

  • Elena Agapova, St. Petersburg;
  • Lada Antonova, Moscow;
  • Konstantin Astakhov, Moscow;
  • Mikhail Balaban, Saratov Region;
  • Katarina Mechnikova, Moscow;
  • Alexandra Uskova, Moscow;
  • Dmitry Fomin, Moscow Region;
  • Andrey Yakovlev, Moscow.

Team leaders: Dmitry Bogachev, Anna Romashina.
The methodological and organizational work was carried out by the staff of Lomonosov Moscow State University, Pavel Kirillov and Nikita Mozgunov, students and graduates of the Faculty of Geography: Yegor Shevchuk, Arthur Petrosyan, Mikhail Maksimenko, Alexander Gerasimov and many others.

The participants of the Olympiad fulfilled theoretical and practical tasks, tested their knowledge in various areas of geographical science, from geomorphology to modern social and economic processes. For example, the pupils analyzed the geographical principles of the location of sports facilities, evaluated the development options for individual territories of Kaliningrad, made maps, taking into account internationally recognized cartographic rules.

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In order to take a break from the competitive part of the events, the organizers conducted a tour of the Curonian Spit for the participants. The boys and girls got acquainted with the work of the national park, saw the unique landscape complexes and stunning landscapes that open from the high crests of the dunes. A visit to the Kaliningrad region was not without an excursion to the Museum of the World Ocean. For the first time, Olympiad participants had the opportunity to go inside a diesel submarine, to see a real research vessel, to get more closely acquainted with marine research.

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It should be noted that the Baltic Olympiad is a kind of springboard for participants before the international iGeo Olympiad, which will be held in Hong Kong in 2019. The results of the Baltic iGeo are thoroughly analyzed and discussed with the participants, and this an effective way - the winners and prize-winners of the Baltic Olympiad annually take high ranking positions at the iGeo Olympiad.

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The Baltic Olympiad will be held in Poland next year. But for now we wish the Russian team to perform well at the iGeo International Geographical Olympiad in Hong Kong!