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Olympic Gold and Silver for Mexico!

17 August 2008

Just not these Olympics…

At the VII International Geography Olympiad, held last week in Cathage Tunisia, Francisco Javier Quezada Figueroa, de Guerrero earned a gold medal, and Emanuel Johansen Campos, of Morelos, took the silver.

The 16 to 19 year old competitors are scored 40 percent on a written examination, 40 percent on field work (ability to read maps, data analysis, etc.), and 20 percent on a multi-media presentation.  And… to make it harder, he tests and presentations have to be in ENGLISH.  Team Mexico may have had something of an advantage in the field work competition, since they had to demonstrate an understanding of agricultural water usage in arid climates.  70 countries participated.

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