May 26, 2017. Winners announced!

The Virginia Geographic Alliance is thrilled to announce the winners of the 2017 Virginia ArcGIS Online Competition. Students used organizational ArcGIS accounts to create dynamic presentations related to the theme “What’s in my Watershed”. The state competition, sponsored by the VGA is part of a national competition in partnership with Esri. Experts within the field of geography education and Geographic Information Systems served as judges for the competition. Two high schools and four middle schools entered the competition with a total of 19 entries. Top finishers in each state were awarded a $100 prize.

    Maurice Washington, 11th grade student at Albemarle High School in Charlottesville, submitted the winning project in the high school division under the guidance of teacher Chris Bunin. The project, “The Rivanna Watershed: More than Water” advanced to the national competition. View project

    Suraj Katragadda advanced to the national competition in the middle school division with “Chesapeake Bay: A Walk Through Time”. Suraj is a 6th grade student at Brickell Academy for Advanced Arts and Academics at Old Donation School in Virginia Beach. View project

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Overview:  In collaboration with Esri , the 2016-17 Virginia Map competition is based on the theme, “What’s in My Watershed.” Showcase the work of your students as they use the resources of an Esri Organizational Account to create a “presentation,” Story Map Journal or Web App to communicate their interpretation of the theme.

The theme is broad enough to encompass a variety of disciplines and multiple perspectives of the area encompassed by the anchoring geographic area– statewide or local watershed.

Students can research and explore a variety of topics of the chosen geographic area: geological characteristics, flora and fauna, environmental issues facing Virginia and their local communities, historical events, famous personalities and leaders, demographic characteristics, economic activities, the cultural landscape and more.The geographic focus of the student-created products must be located within the Commonwealth of Virginia

The competition is separated into two divisions: middle school (grades 4-8) and high school (grades 9-12).

Complete Competition Rules

Download pdf of rules

Download flyer with key dates

Important  Dates

February 19, 2017 Deadline for Competition Registration* *Registration does not obligate your school to participate in the competition, but gives the planners an estimate of the number of possible entries. Absence of registration does not preclude entry in the competition.

May 5, 2017  Deadline for submission of competition entries. Entry form:

May 26, 2017 Competition winners notified


Useful Links

Obtain an ArcGIS Online organizational account for your school at


Story Maps

Web Apps

General Interest

See which schools are  participating in competition.

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