MPHS Claims Regional Academic WorldQuest Title
Becomes First Back-to Back Champions

Academic WorldQuest is the high school version of an adult international knowledge competition hosted each year by the World Affairs Council of Charlotte. It consists of a fast-paced game played in 7 rounds of 10 questions (for WorldQuest participants) and 8 rounds of 10 questions (for Academic WorldQuest participant) each with typically 30-seconds for every question. Each team collaborates to answer the questions and submits their answer sheet at the end of each round.

This year’s topics included information from the Great Decisions 2014 publication and lecture series, World Flags, History of France, Geography of Iceland, Women as Catalysts of Change, BRICS, Global Charlotte, and Current Events. “Academic WorldQuest contributes to the national Common Core State Standards Initiative by fostering reading comprehension skills for informational text” (World Affairs Council of Charlotte).

Myers Park’s WorldQuest team, initiated in the 2011-2012 school year, experienced a shaky performance in the 2011 regional competition and a 7th place finish in the 2012 regional competition. Following this, Captains Pierre Lipton and Nicolas Buchenau, and Coach Christopher St. Clair restructured the team and its preparation techniques for 2013. They won, making them the first ever public school team to win the World Affairs Council of Charlotte regional competition. This allowed the team to travel to Washington D.C. in the spring to complete in the national competition. Finishing in 20th place at the national competition in DC last year, the team was determined to best their 2013 performance in 2014.

The team of 6 seniors and 2 juniors did so on November 12, winning the regional competition for the second year in a row (the first team to do so), and thus qualifying for nationals in DC yet again. The team plans to travel to D.C. again this spring, with the hopes of breaking into the national top 10 and enjoying their stay in the nation’s capital.

For more information or if you'd like to help sponsor the team's trip to Washington, contact Christopher St. Clair.

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