Shaker Team Places 4th Nationally out of 105 Academic WorldQuest Teams

Shaker Academic WorldQuest teams had their global trivia knowledge put to the test. Students from the Shaker History Research and Competition Club participated in the 19th annual Carlos and Malú Alvarez National Academic WorldQuest. The competition was hosted by the World Affairs Council, which included more than 400 students on 105 teams.

A special congratulations goes out to Shaker Team 1 for their fourth place finish at nationals. Last month, Team 1 placed third overall in the regional competition. SHS Team 2 and Team 3 also did an outstanding job — placing within the top 40 in the nation. “We are so proud of our team! They demonstrated teamwork, collaboration, and an unrelenting work ethic. They showed a strong interest and ability to solve complex problem and learn the knowledge and skills to solve them,” said Superintendent Joseph Corr.

Shaker Team 1 

Avi Bagchi
Patrick Dai
Harrison Fazzone
Viraj Parihar 

Shaker Team 2

Esam Abisse 
Omer Hamza Baykal
Ilhan Eser
Shaheer Khawaja 

Shaker Team 3 

Mahnoor Hasan
Harini Karnati 
Shreya Mahesh 
Alisha Patel  

“As an advisor, I couldn’t be prouder of the students’ accomplishments this school year,” said Andrew Krakat. “All of the students demonstrated a high level of perseverance and commitment to one another as they spent the school year preparing for the regional and national competitions.  Their efforts paid off not only in qualifying for the national competition, but in placing in the top tier at the national competition as well. A well-deserved congratulations goes out to all of the students.”

The competition is based on 10 key global affairs issues and students are quizzed on 10 questions for each topic area. This year’s topics included: 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; Country in Focus: Uzbekistan; Exploring Peace in a World of Conflict; Fraying Alliances; Looking to a Post-Pandemic Economy; and Current Events.

It was the first year the National Academic WorldQuest was hosted virtually. Last year the awards were cancelled due to the pandemic.  


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