On Saturday, March 16, Shaker High School’s all freshman Academic WorldQuest teams placed 2nd and 3rd at the regional Academic WorldQuest competition sponsored by the International Center of the Capital Region at Russell Sage College. The students worked very hard all year in preparation for the competition.
The 2nd place team included Avi Bagchi, Patrick Dai, Harrison Fazzone, and Viraj Parihar. The 3rd place team included Ashley Halko, Komali Kollapudi, Shreya Mahesh, and Alisha Patel.
This year’s topics included:
- Country in Focus: Qatar
- How to Deal with North Korea
- Global Refugee and Migration Crisis
- #WeAreNATO – The Alliance at 70
- Great Decisions
- Japan-U.S. Relations
- Space Policy
- World Trade Organization (WTO)
- Bridging Divides to Build Peace
- Current Events
The students represented Shaker well and are looking forward to participating in the competition again next year.
About Academic WorldQuest
Academic WorldQuest is a foreign policy/current events program for high school students in which they spend time learning about international politics, geography, global economics, history, and world cultures, and compete on teams of 4 against students from other high schools at an annual local competition. The winning team of the annual local competition goes on to represent the Capital Region at the national competition in Washington DC. The World Affairs Councils of America is the national program coordinator, and the International Center of the Capital Region is the local program sponsor.