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What started last year with nine teams representing six schools continues this year with a new opportunity for your school to compete in an exciting international affairs quiz bowl competition! The regional competition will take place February 24, 2015 at NMC's Hagerty Center. The winning team earns the right to compete in Washington, D.C. at Georgetown University in April 2015.
Last year’s winning team was the “Wacky & Wild Western Warriors” from TC West: Nick Murphy, Jimmy Seekamp, Seth Perrin and Josh Garver, mentored by Dan Rosenburg. While they didn’t win at the national competition on April 26, they represented northern Michigan with style and had a lot of fun on their visit to our nation’s capital! Congratulations TC West!
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 — last 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 is generously underwritten by support from the NMC University Center and the Traverse City Record-Eagle.