April 26, 2013
The following news release is shared on behalf of the Alaska World Affairs Council. Good luck to the West High School team participating in the national competition this weekend.
Date April 23, 2013
Contact Kari Gardey
World Affairs Councils of America Hosts
11th Annual Academic WorldQuest National Competition
Washington, DC --The World Affairs Councils of America (WACA) will host the 11th Annual Academic WorldQuest National Competition, WACA's flagship education program for high school students across the country, at Georgetown University on Saturday, April 27, 2013. The high school teams include more than 200 high school students that represent the best of over 4,000 that competed in regional qualifier competitions hosted by local World Affairs Councils from Alaska and Hawaii to Florida. Academic WorldQuest is the only program of its kind for American high school students and highlights WACA's dedication to educating the next generation of global leaders and problem solvers.
Representing Alaska will be a team of four junior girls from West High School coached by teacher John Ruhlin. This team has won the Alaska WorldQuest competition the past two years and this will be their second trip to Washington, DC. The Alaska World Affairs Council holds an annual WorldQuest competition where teams of high school students answer world affairs trivia questions on a variety of topics. This year we had about 30 teams participate including a team from Fairbanks and a home school team. Most of the teams were from the Anchorage School District.
Academic WorldQuest™ is a team competition testing high school students' knowledge of international affairs, current events and foreign policy issues. The categories for the competition this year focus on six important national security issues determined by a vote among WACA's national network. The topics include: U.S. Economic Competitiveness, U.S. Energy Policy, the Middle East, China, UN Millennium Goals: Environmental Sustainability, and the 50th Anniversary of the Cuban Missile Crisis. David Rothkopf, CEO and Editor-at-Large of Foreign Policy, will moderate this year's National Competition.
"Our network of nearly 100 councils across the U.S. is committed to equipping American youth with the knowledge and skills to live, work, and thrive in the global economy. Again this year, K-12 education is among the six top issues in world affairs and foreign policy as determined by our network of council leaders," said World Affairs Councils of America President and CEO Todd Culpepper. "The Academic WorldQuest National Competition, now in its eleventh year, is a central and long-standing part of our effort to leverage our national reach into communities and school districts across the country to address this critical challenge."
WACA thanks its sponsors ExxonMobil, who has been a long-standing sponsor of the Academic WorldQuest National Competition; supporting sponsors Merrill Lynch – Mr. Michael Phillip, New Mind Education, and the Office of Citizen Exchanges at the U.S. Department of State; and Gallup Education, who will offer each student of the winning team a free subscription to their Gallup WorldView tool, which provides access to all data from their World Poll. WACA also thanks Georgetown University for hosting receptions for WACA and the Academic WorldQuest competitors, to David Rothkopf and Foreign Policy, the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, and to Weber Shandwick for acting as communications sponsor.
The World Affairs Councils of America network consists of nearly 100 non-partisan, non-profit councils across the country from Alaska to Puerto Rico dedicated to educating and engaging the American public on global issues. Its programs reach more than 500,000 people each year.