On April 27, 2013, the World Affairs Councils of America presented their 11th Annual Academic WorldQuest competition. The World Affairs Council of Western Massachusetts–thanks to sponsors St. Germain Investment Management, Bacon & Wilson, and Rediker Software–sent a team of four students, a student alternate and teacher/coach from Springfield Renaissance High School to compete against 42 other high schools from around the country.
In addition to the competition there was sometime for our team to explore Washington–The National Museum of American History and Ben’s Chili Bowl both got high marks. On Friday evening the World Affairs Councils of America presented a panel on From Graduation to DC: Paths to a Career in Foreign Policy featuring Kelsey Hartigan, Program Officer, International Program, Nuclear Threat Initiative; Adam Johnson, English Language Officer, International Visitor Leadership Program, U.S. Department of State, and Associate Director, External Relations, Young Professionals in Foreign Policy; and Jackie Quiñones, Africa Expert, Democratic Staff, House Foreign Affairs Committee. Bill Clifford, President & CEO of WorldBoston, was the moderator.
The competition took place on the morning of April 17 at Georgetown University. David Rothkopf, CEO and Editor-at-Large of Foreign Policy, moderated. In the end Plano West Senior High School representing the World Affairs Council of Dallas Fort Worth emerged from a tie to take the top spot. Naples Community School fielded by the Naples Council on World Affairs placed second, and the World Affairs Council of Greater Richmond’s Maggie Walker Governor School came in third.
Following the competition the team members heard from a panel of Egyptian students from Hayah International Academy in Cairo, Egypt, who discussed among other things what the media does not report about life in Egypt, the impact of the revolution on their personal goals, and varying opinions in Egypt regarding the place of religion in the country’s political sphere.
News of the competition was reported out via Twitter and that exchange can be seen at hashtag #AWQ2013, including pictures.