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Academic WorldQuest Regional Winners 2015

The team of Stephanie Shum, Ellen Reifenberger, Samantha Yen and Ira Cekici, representing Roy C. Ketcham High School, won the tenth annual Regional Academic World Quest competition held at the Henry A. Wallace Center in Hyde Park on Saturday, March 7, 2015. The team’s coach is Marc Foxhall.

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Academic World Quest is the Council’s flagship program. Teams compete to represent the mid-Hudson region in the national competition. The competition focuses on global issues, with questions generated by a committee of the World Affairs Council. This year’s topics included (1) Russia/Eurasia; (2) Youth, Jobs and Social Unrest; (3) Food and Water; (4) Future of Energy; (5) Africa Rising; (6) Human Trafficking; (7) Asia and the New Global Economy, (8) U.N. Millennium Development Goals: 2015 and Beyond; (9) Great Decisions and (10) Current Events.

Second place in the competition was captured by the ‘B’ team from Poughkeepsie Day School; and third place went to the team from Spackenkill High School. The team from Washingtonville High School won the “Roosevelt Round,” which includes questions on Franklin Roosevelt’s presidency and his life.

The winning team from Roy C. Ketcham will represent the mid-Hudson region in the national competition, which will be held in Washington D.C. on April 25.

In all, 14 teams and 65 students from the mid-Hudson region competed, including teams from the following high schools: Arlington, Cornwall, Kingston, and Oakwood Friends School.

Both IBM and the Handel Foundation have contributed to support the event. The World Affairs Council also wishes to thank the Henry A. Wallace Center for their generous support.

Poughkeepsie Day School Students Compete in Academic World Quest Competition in Washington, D.C., April 26, 2014.

The team of Jackie Yixing Huang, Jason Haosen Fan, Siyue Peng, and Lucy Weijian Lin, from the Poughkeepsie Day School, represented the Hudson Valley in the 13 Annual Academic World Quest competition held in Washington D.C. on April 26, 2014.   In total, 46 high-school teams from across the nation took part in the competition.  Our team did extremely well, finished 11th in the competition, which earned it a spot in the top 25% overall against some of the brightest high school students in the nation. dayschoolteam2

The competition was sponsored by the World Affairs Councils of America (WACA).  WACA is a non-partisan forum for citizen participation in world affairs.  Its mission is to raise public awareness of critical world issues.  Our Mid-Hudson Valley chapter has been a WACA member since 2004.  Currently, there are 94 chapters throughout the United States. dayschoolteam1

Academic World Quest is the Council’s flagship program.  The competition focuses on global issues, with questions generated by a committee of the World Affairs Council.  This year’s topics included Cybersecurity, U.S. Energy Policy, Global Environmental Issues, Global Economic Realignment, the Middle East, U.S. Education, U.N. Millennium Development Goal 1: Eradicate Extreme Poverty and Hunger, Global Health, Geography, and Current Events.

The team from Poughkeepsie Day School earned the right to represent the Hudson Valley in the National competition when it won the Regional Academic World Quest competition held at the Henry A. Wallace Center in Hyde Park on Saturday, March 1, 2014.   The team’s coach is Karen Nichols, who is Dean of High School.  Nicole Xueyao Yan was the alternate for the team.

First place in the national competition was captured by the Plano West Senior High School from the World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth.  Both IBM and the Handel Foundation have contributed to support the event.  Sheila Appel, the US East Regional Manager, IBM Corporate Citizenship & Corporate Affairs was the quizmaster for our regional competition.  The Council also wishes to thank the Henry A. Wallace Center for their generous support.