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March 11, 2014 Academic WorldQuest to be held at Central Penn College

The World Affairs Council of Harrisburg will host the fourth annual Academic WorldQuest, a team competition testing high school students’ knowledge of international affairs, at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, March 15, at Central Penn College. With 13 teams registered to participate, this is one of the largest Academic WorldQuest events sponsored by The World Affairs Council of Harrisburg.

An estimated 50 students from high schools throughout the central Pennsylvania area have registered for Academic WorldQuest. Hundreds of students have participated in the contest since its inception in the region. Participating high schools for 2014 are Harrisburg Academy, Central Dauphin High School, Penn Manor, Cumberland Valley High School and Central Dauphin East High School. The winning team members will be awarded a $500 scholarship.

Central Penn College, a sponsor of the event and scholarship program, will have three professors participating in the competition as judges—Micaiah Smith-Morris, Harve Tannenbaum and Melissa Wehler. Several Central Penn international society club students will be serving as runners throughout the competition.

The flagship youth education program of the national network of World Affairs Councils of America, Academic WorldQuest is a competition in which four-person teams compete by answering multiple-choice questions from ten unique and engaging thematic categories ranging from cybersecurity and the Middle East to geography, current events, and ending global poverty and hunger.

Nearly 4,000 students from across the country will compete in Academic WorldQuest programs hosted by more than 40 local World Affairs Councils across the country. Winning teams are invited to represent their high school, city, and local council at the national competition held each spring in Washington, D.C. The national competition is a unique opportunity for many students to see our nation’s capitol for the first time and includes exclusive programming such as discussions with international affairs professionals and visits to foreign embassies.

The World Affairs Council of Harrisburg is affiliated with the World Affairs Councils of America based in Washington, D.C.  It is dedicated to educating and engaging the residents of our region in global issues. Its associates meet and interact with leading international writers, intellectuals, diplomats and political leaders, and seek diligently to make these opportunities available to youth in our region.

For information on how to become an associate of The World Affairs Council of Harrisburg, please visit www.wacharrisburg.org. For more information on the 2014 Academic WorldQuest event, contact Oksana Stalczynski at 717-221-1627.