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What started last year with nine teams representing six schools continued this year with a new opportunity for schools to compete in an exciting international affairs quiz bowl competition! The regional competition took place February 24, 2015 at NMC's Hagerty Center.
This year’s winning team was from TC Central: Peter Andreasson, Alex Endresen, Angelo Vozza and Dante Vozza, mentored by John Failor. They will represent Northern Michigan at the National Academic WorldQuest Competition held at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. on April 24. Congratulations TC Central!
What is Academic WorldQuest?
Academic WorldQuest (AWQ) is a nationwide team competition challenging participants’ knowledge of international issues in areas like geography, history, current events, culture and more. The winner of the regional competition, organized by the International Affairs Forum and Northwestern Michigan College, will represent northern Michigan at the national championship in Washington D.C. which takes place on a Saturday in late April of every calendar year.
How Does it Work?
Teams must be composed of four high school students from any grade level who will put their heads together to answer rounds of 10 multiple choice questions about critical global issues. Each school may bring up to three teams. IAF will provide study materials from the World Affairs Council of America (WACA) and offer mentoring services to any Academic WorldQuest team. Teams can put in as little or as much time as they choose into preparation — this year’s teams had a great time!
Represent Northern Michigan in Washington, D.C.
The winning team from regional competition travels to Washington, D.C. with their advisor to represent Northern Michigan at the National Academic WorldQuest Competition held at Georgetown University. Some 40 cities across the U.S. compete at the national level, representing public, private and charter schools. While in Washington, teams will also participate in a variety of global events and tours. The NMC University Center is sponsoring the majority of costs for travel to Washington, D.C. While at this time we can’t guarantee that all expenses will be covered, we don’t want schools not to participate because of this concern.
AWQ prepares students for international studies and careers in the global economy. The topics are compatible with, and enhance the study of many existing curriculums and AP courses. In addition, AWQ provides students from the winning team with a sponsored trip to Washington, D.C.!
This year’s Academic WorldQuest Competition was generously underwritten by support from the NMC University Center and the Traverse City Record-Eagle.