AUBURN HILLS, MI, April 29, 2019 —A team of students from Oakland Christian School participated in the 2018-2019 National Geographic GeoChallenge and have qualified for the national finals. The submission of the Pacific Piranhas from Oakland Christian School, composed of Angelina Tringali, Brooklyn Didion, Emmakate Zanoli and Avery Miller, qualified for the regional level of the GeoChallenge and came in first place at their regional site in Detroit, MI on March 29, 2019. They now advance to the national competition that will be held in Washington, D.C., in May.

The GeoChallenge is a project-based competition that empowers student teams in grades five through eight to address a critical issue and change the planet, just like National Geographic Explorers. The teams create and present real-world solutions to real-world problems. Students gain skills in research and storytelling, collaboration, videography, innovative design and mapmaking. This year’s competition challenged students to learn about and take action on the urgent issue of single-use plastic pollution in our waterways. This year’s theme connects to National Geographic’s multiyear effort, Planet or Plastic?, which is raising awareness about the global plastic trash crisis.

At the national level of the GeoChallenge, the Oakland Christian School team will compete against the top teams from across the United States. As a regional-level winner, the OCS team received a $1,000 cash prize and support for the team members and their coaches to travel to the national competition in Washington, D.C., on May 19-22. The team that wins the national competition will receive a $25,000 team prize plus support and guidance from National Geographic staff to implement the team’s GeoChallenge solution. Learn more at NatGeoEd.org/GeoChallenge.

In addition to the GeoChallenge, National Geographic offers classroom resources, student experiences and professional development opportunities for educators.

About the National Geographic Society: 
The National Geographic Society is a global nonprofit organization that uses the power of science, exploration, education and storytelling to illuminate the wonder of the world, define critical challenges and catalyze action to protect our planet. Since 1888, National Geographic has pushed the boundaries of exploration, investing in bold people and transformative ideas, providing more than 14,000 grants for work across all seven continents, reaching 3 million students each year through education offerings, and engaging audiences around the globe through signature convenings and content. To learn more, visit www.nationalgeographic.org, or follow us on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.

Roy Townsend
Secondary Principal, Oakland Christian School

Allison Taylor
National Geographic Society




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