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May 7, 2013 > Local student reaches semi-finals in national geography competition

Local student reaches semi-finals in national geography competition

Do you ever hear the phrase, "Where in the world?" If you don't know, Omkar Salpekar probably does. He has faced a series of tough questions on the subject and has qualified as a national semi-finalist for the United States Geography Olympiad.

Omkar Salpekar represented Moreau Catholic High School, Hayward at the US Geography Olympiad, held in Washington DC on April 25, 2013. Knowledge of this discipline was a natural outcome of his interest in maps and geography books since he was in fourth grade. At a young age, Omkar focused on memorizing countries and capital cities throughout the world.

Last year, Omkar placed tenth at the California State Geography Bee finals. Through a series of exams and Quiz Bowl rounds this year, Omkar has advanced to become a semi-finalist. He is one of the top 12 contestants in the Junior Varsity division (students born on July 1, 1997 or thereafter).

Want to try to answer some introductory questions of the Geography Olympiad? Do you know the answers?

The manmade Lake Gatun is part of what system?
a) Niagara Falls
b) Panama Canal
c) Intracoastal Waterway
d) Strait of Magellan

Which of the following seas does not border Italy?
a) Ionian Sea
b) Ligurian Sea
c) Tyrrhenian Sea
d) Aegean Sea

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