A YEAR 12 student at Mazenod College has won a state geography competition.
Jess Cunnold came first in WA in the Year 12 level of the Australian Geography Competition.
Judges said he scored in the top 1 per cent of all competitors across the country.
About 60,000 students from around Australia entered the competition, which is organised by the Australian Geography Teachers’ Association and the Royal Geographical Society of Queensland.
Co-ordinator Bernard Fitzpatrick said the competition gave teachers an opportunity to highlight geography in their schools.
“In today’s society, geography is a vital subject that all young people should study. Understanding place and people, and the socio-economic and environmental interactions at local, regional, national and international levels is important to the economic and environmental future of Australia,” Mr Fitzpatrick said.
Mazenod geography teacher Anna Scanlan said the school usually did well in the competition but the results from this group were exceptional.
Head of Humanities Richard Kostecki said many of Jess’s peers “achieved high distinctions but he came out on top”.