On Saturday, February 6, five local high schools participated in the World Affairs Council of Western Massachusetts Academic WorldQuest competition at Chicopee High School. The four-student teams tested their knowledge of international affairs and current events, answering questions on a variety of topics including NATO, International Trade and Finance, the Sultanate of Oman, Privacy in the Digital Age, The Arctic, and Food Security Organization of American States.
Longmeadow High School emerged as the winner.
Rich Rediker and Bill Keyes of Rediker Software dragged us into the 21st Century this year by developing and implementing an electronic scoring system.
Longmeadow has participated in Academic WorldQuest since 2012 and placed second in 2013 and 2014, but this is their first win. They will now go on to represent the Council and the region at The Carlos and Malú Alvarez 2016 Academic WorldQuest National Competition hosted by the World Affairs Councils of America in Washington, DC at the National Press Club on April 23.
Any public or private high school in the four westernmost counties of Western Massachusetts or in northern Connecticut is welcome to compete. For more information, please contact the World Affairs Council office at 413-733-0110.