Longmeadow Wins Academic WorldQuest 2016

Longmeadow Team  (l-r) Coach Ellen Freyman, Jordan Kei-Rahn, Michael Reyes, Mohammed Fazaeli, Lee Duan, Eugene Shao (alternate), Jerold Duquette (alternate)

Longmeadow Team (l-r) Coach Ellen Freyman, Jordan Kei-Rahn, Michael Reyes, Mohammed Fazaeli, Lee Duan, Eugene Shao (alternate), Jerold Duquette (alternate)

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.

The event was moderated by Peter Sokolowski, Editor at Large of Merriam-Webster, and was sponsored by Bacon\Wilson Attorneys at Law, MomentumGroup, and MGM Springfield.

Longmeadow High School emerged as the winner.

Second Place Holyoke High

Second Place Holyoke High

Newcomers Holyoke High placed second, and hosts Chicopee High came in third.  Springfield Renaissance High School and the Springfield High School of Science and Technology also competed.

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.

Chicopee High's Trophies from Previous WorldQuest Competitions

WorldQuest Host Chicopee High’s Trophies from Previous Competitions

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.

 

About Cynthia Melcher

Cynthia Melcher is Executive Director of the World Affairs Council of Western Massachusetts
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