Ti student to compete in Taiwan

TICONDEROGA - A Ticonderoga High School senior is representing the school at the an international competition.

Ben Chapman is competing in the Earth Science Olympiad in Taipei, Taiwan, Sept. 14-22.

The competition is in its third year and will include teams from 15 countries: Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Korea, Nepal, Nigeria, Philippines, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand, the United Kingdom and the USA.

Chapman was selected for the U.S. squad after attending an engineering camp this summer at the University of Vermont. He is one of a four-member team that will compete in the written, field and team site challenges.

Chapman is staying in East Taipei, but working in the National Taiwan Normal University, the College of Science Campus, and the National Sihu Senior High School as well as at various site locations around the city and on the shores of the Pacific.

Formerly known as Formosa, or "a beautiful island," Taiwan will offer Chapman an education, cultural and environment studies opportunity a rare opportunity, according to Ti High Principal Mike Graney.

Chapman is the captain of the Ticonderoga Quiz Bowl team as well as a cross country runner, National Honor Society officer and Student Voice president. He is active in both the music and the computer programs of Ti High.

He is the son of Malinda and Glen Chapman of Ticonderoga.

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