On November 6, the World Affairs Council of Charlotte (WACC) hosted the 2013 annual Joint WorldQuest/Academic WorldQuest at The Westin Charlotte. Participants of this international trivia competition included 41 teams of eight individuals from businesses, government institutions and local organizations, and 21 Charlotte-area high schools. Teams answered questions in history, current events, geography, international faces in the news, and other categories. The student teams contended for the top honor to compete in the national competition in Washington, D.C. on April 26, 2014.
The thrill of competition and enthusiasm for world affairs has made this program one of WACC’s most successful education programs.
WorldQuest was created by the Charlotte Council and has grown into a nationwide international knowledge competition played by councils around the country. WorldQuest originated with WACC in 1996 when participants included teams from well-known businesses and corporations from around the region. In 1999, the Council initiated Academic WorldQuest for juniors and seniors in the Charlotte area high schools. Due to the success of Charlotte’s Academic WorldQuest competition, the World Affairs Councils of America made it a flagship program and it is now played by more than 30 councils across the U.S. The competition emphasizes the importance of international events and commerce, encourages students to think globally, and rewards their interest in foreign cultures.
The top three winners of the 2013 Joint WorldQuest/Academic WorldQuest were:
1st Place: Signature Healthcare
2nd Place: Too Big to Fail (Friends from Wells Fargo, Wachovia & First Union)
3rd Place: Charlotte Country Day Faculty
1st Place: Myers Park High School
2nd Place: Charlotte Country Day
3rd Place: Providence Day School
This year’s WorldQuest had over 500 participants. WorldQuest and Academic WorldQuest international knowledge competition was sponsored by Carolinas HealthCare System, UNC Charlotte, Wells Fargo, BAE Systems, Novant Health among many others. We look forward to the continued growth of this international trivia competition and hope you can join us for the 2014 Joint WorldQuest/Academic WorldQuest!
Summary by Michael Mendoza, UNC Charlotte (WAC Charlotte Intern – Fall 2013)