March 25, 2021
Sophomores advance to national competition
A team of Upper St. Clair High School students recently won the Academic WorldQuest competition, sponsored by the World Affairs Council of Harrisburg. Sophomores Keshav Narasimhan, Daniel Wang, Ben Wasson and Team Captain Qadir Khan advance to the national competition, which is set for April 16-17.
Academic WorldQuest, a program of World Affairs Councils of America, is a fun, fast-paced team competition for high school students that tests players’ knowledge of current international politics, geography, global economics, history and world cultures.
Since 2003, winning teams have traveled to Washington, D.C., every April to vie for the national championship. Due to the pandemic, the 2021 event will be held virtually. In addition to the competition, championship weekend will include unique programming to enhance the global education experience as well as an opportunity for students to meet and engage with nearly 250 like-minded peers from around the United States.
The students read many articles and analyzed related data to prepare for multiple choice questions in ten rounds. The 2020-21 Academic WorldQuest topics include:
- Global Protests
- Shifting Sands: The Arab Spring 10 Years On
- International Labour Organization (ILO)
- The U.S. Foreign Service in the 21st Century
- “Great Decisions”
- Climate Change and the Global Order
- India and Pakistan
- Red Sea Security
- Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking
- U.S. Relations with the Northern Triangle
- China’s Road into Latin America
- The Philippines and the U.S.
- Artificial Intelligence and Data
- Country in Focus: Uzbekistan
- Exploring Peace in a World of Conflict
- Fraying Alliances
- Looking to a Post-Pandemic Economy
- Current Events
The Upper St. Clair High School team is coached by Mrs. Pat Palazzolo, gifted education coordinator and sponsor of the high school’s World Affairs Club.