Annelise Wall, an eighth grade student at Nardin Academy, has been named the grand-prize winner of the 2017 Junior Scholastic® Can You Find Mapman®? contest—an annual competition that asks students to draw a map based on a series of geography clues. Wall's map of Faroe Islands was selected from more than 4,700 entries from 43 states and will be featured in the May 15, 2017 issue of Junior Scholastic, the current events magazine by Scholastic for students in grades 6–8. As part of her prize, Wall will also receive $500 and a commemorative Mapman T-shirt. The names of the 25 runners up will also appear in the Junior Scholastic issue and will each receive Mapman t-shirts.
Over the past 23 years, the Can You Find Mapman? contest has received more than 100,000 entries from all 50 states, Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico, and 14 countries. "The long-running Can You Find Mapman? contest draws excitement from students around the world and provides kids a creative outlet to combine their map-reading abilities with their creative talents," said Jim McMahon, also known as "Mapman," the resident cartographer at Scholastic who oversees the contest and the production of all maps for the Company's 33 classroom magazines. "This contest encourages students to test their map-reading skills, utilize logic to discern clues, and implement design to convey a precise message. Students gain a sense of place through mapmaking."
Junior Scholastic magazine makes current events relevant to students, as well as social studies and ELA curriculums. By combining age-appropriate news stories with detailed maps, history articles, and close reading questions, Junior Scholastic builds the content area knowledge and literacy skills required by higher academic standards. For more information about Junior Scholastic and other Scholastic Classroom Magazines, visit the Company's media room at: http://mediaroom.scholastic.com/ClassroomMagazines.
Congratulations to Annelise on this incredible achievement!