[Washington, DC] – [May 22, 2019] — LearningPlunge held its 14th annual spring GeoPlunge tournament earlier this week at George Washington University. This was our largest spring tournament ever as we hosted players representing 22 schools from Washington, D.C. and northern Virginia. Of those schools, 14 have participated in the GeoPlunge events for more than five years! It was a great day of competition. Come join us on October 28 for the 15th annual fall GeoPlunge Tournament in Washington, DC.
After eight rounds of competition, the following teams won trophies for achievement:
Combo 1: First place: Hearst ES (Ward 3); Second place: Bruce-Monroe ES at Park View (Ward 1)
Combo 2: First place: Murch ES (Ward 3); Second place: Stoddert ES (Ward 3)
Combo 3: First place and Second place: Ludlow-Taylor ES (Ward 6)
Teamwork award winners: Beers ES (Ward 7), School Without Walls at Francis Stevens (Ward 2), Stoddert ES (Ward 3), Oyster-Adams Bilingual School(Ward 3), Friendship PCS -Woodridge MS (Ward 5), John Eaton ES (Ward 3), Johnson MS (Ward 8), Savoy ES (Ward 8)
Sportsmanship award winners: Kimball ES (Ward 7), Bancroft ES (Ward 1), Noyes ES (Ward 5), D.C. Prep Benning MS (Ward 7), Flint Hill ES (Fairfax County Public Schools-Region 1), Woodley Hills ES (Fairfax County Public Schools-Region 3), Ross ES (Ward 2), a team comprised of players from Washington Global PCS (Ward 6) and Ludlow-Taylor ES (Ward 6)
The volunteers supporting the event represented an array of local businesses including law firms Hogan Lovells, Arent Fox, Beveridge & Diamond, Veris Consulting, the American Geographical Society (AGS), the National GeoSpatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA), and other geography-related companies.
Sponsors for the event included Arent Fox, Hogan Lovells, Kelley Drye & Warren, Beveridge & Diamond and Veris Consulting. The Foggy Bottom Trader Joe’s donated water for the event.
For the last 14 years, LearningPlunge, a nonprofit organization with a mission to closing the knowledge gap, has collaborated with the Washington Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs to organize partnerships between Washington, D.C. schools and city businesses and law firms. The volunteers work with the students to improve their geospatial literacy, social skills, and critical thinking through the GeoPlunge game.