Academic World Quest

TRAVERSE CITY — More than 80 students from 10 area high schools will compete in the fourth annual Academic World Quest, a quiz-bowl style competition on global topics held from noon-3 p.m. Feb. 3 at NMC's Hagerty Center.

The winning local team will travel to Washington D.C. to compete at the April 29 national event, held at the National Press Club. Traverse City Central High School is the defending champion, two years running. Also competing are Bellaire, Central Lake, Elk Rapids, Forest Area, Grand Traverse Academy (the 2016 runner up), Interlochen Arts Academy, Mancelona, Petoskey and Traverse City West.

TV 7 & 4 anchor Marc Schollett will moderate the competition, which is free to spectators. Topics include: Peace and Conflict in Today’s World, Countering Violent Extremism, Women in Technology, Turkey, Global Megacities, Combating Infectious Disease, European Union, China, and Current Events.

AWQ is the flagship high school education program of the World Affairs Councils of America of which Traverse City's International Affairs Forum (IAF) is an affiliated partner. Its goal is to expose America’s youth to the world outside our borders and prepare them for the challenges and opportunities of our globally interconnected world.

To help raise money for the local winning team to travel to Washington D.C., IAF is hosting a special premiere showing of a new documentary, "Is America in Retreat?" at 6 p.m. Monday, March 6 (location TBD.) Based on Wall Street Journal reporter Bret Stephens’ book, America in Retreat? the film will be broadcast on PBS at the end of March.

Special guests Kip Perry and Elan Bentov (producers/directors) will join for post film Q/A discussion together with Leland-based Tom Skinner (executive producer) and IAF Co-Chair Jack Segal.

Release date: January 24, 2017

For more information:

Karen Segal
International Affairs Forum co-chair
(231) 715-6064


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