National Final

Who are the 20 Finalists?

  • Aakash Munipalle - The Woodlands School, Ontario
  • Daniel Innes London -  Central Secondary School, Ontario
  • David Landry Lisgar - Collegiate Institute, Ontario
  • Dhruv Pathak -  Kenner CVI, Ontario
  • Evan Fingerhut - Dartmouth High School, Nova Scotia
  • Herman Lam - St. Justin Martyr CES, Ontario
  • Jake Douglas - St. Peter's Catholic Secondary School, Ontario
  • Lamia Tabassum - Birch Cliff P.S., Ontario
  • Erik Mitchell - St. Marguerite d'Youville C.S.S., Ontario
  • Nicholas Hume - Devon Middle School, New Brunswick
  • Noah Deng- Talbot Trail, Ontario
  • Qi Jia (Jerry) Sun - Burnaby Mountain Secondary School, British Columbia
  • Ryan Sharpe - Abbey Park High School, Ontario
  • Ryan Wu - Fisher Park/Summit Alternative School, Ontario
  • Spencer Bubis - St. John's-Ravenscourt, Manitoba
  • Stanislav Radicevic - Collége Saint-Paul, Quebec
  • Tawfeeq Mannan - Grandview Heights School, Alberta
  • Tony Wang - Goulbourn Middle School, Ontario
  • William Szeto - University of Toronto Schools, Ontario
  • William Chapman - Bell High School, Ontario

When: The 2018 National Final will be held in Ottawa, Ontario May 26-28, 2018

How will the National Final be organized?

The National Championship will be comprised of three rounds.

1. The Preliminary Round will be a written test.

2. Round two will involve geographic field work.

Scores from rounds one and two will be used to determine the five student finalists who will participate in the third round. Scores for the top five students will be reset upon entering the final round. The scores from their first two rounds will not influence their score in the final round.

3. The final round will be open to the public and hosted in a game show-like format.

What language will the National Final be held in?

The National Championship will be held in both official languages of Canada. Students will have the option to compete in either English or French.

Can my class watch the National Final?

The first 2 rounds of the National Final are private and not open to the public. The third round will be open to the public. We will make a live steam available for anyone interested in supporting and following along. This link will be made available on the homepage closer to the National FInal date.


First Place: $5,000
Second Place: $3,000
Third Place: $2,000

Top five finalists: Through a long-standing partnership with One Ocean Expeditions, the RCGS is proud to announce that the top five finalists in this year’s competition will be receiving a free trip on their Canada’s East Coast Fins and Fiddles voyage this July. This prize will be given to all five students who advance to round three in addition to the cash prizes for first, second and third places. Please click here to read the frequently asked questions about this prize.