News | World affairs knowledge to be tested in state high schools championship match

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World affairs knowledge to be tested in state high schools championship match

Cookeville, TN, March 4, 2009 – The first annual competition among Tennessee high school teams measuring global affairs knowledge will kick off Sunday afternoon at Tennessee Technological University in Cookeville. Teams from Cookeville, Nashville and Millington will compete in the Academic WorldQuest program organized by the Cookeville-based Tennessee World Affairs Council.

WorldQuest is a flagship program of the World Affairs Councils of America that encourages interest in global developments through competition. It will culminate in a national championship on April 4th. The Tennessee Council, affiliated with the 90 councils around the country, will sponsor the winning team’s visit to Washington. “We’re excited for the students competing in our first WorldQuest competition,” said Council President Patrick Ryan. “It’s a game with a purpose — to develop an appreciation of what is happening in the world while enjoying the competitive spirit of the game.” He added, “All the students who participate are winners and the team that goes on to the WorldQuest match in Washington will enjoy special opportunities to learn more about U.S. foreign affairs besides the chance to win the national title.” The trip will include visits to world affairs organizations like the State Department, foreign embassies, think tanks and the World Bank. Ryan noted that the statewide education program would not have been possible without the generous support of the First Tennessee Foundation.

The competition will begin Sunday at 3pm at the Tennessee Tech University Center Multipurpose Room and is open to the public. The teams from Cookeville High School are: Team 1 – Kara Maynard, Tammy Tu, Marija Sidrys, and Alex Miller; Team 2 – Staci Hunter, Bill Ryan, Daniel Badoe, Jr., and Caroline Moore; and Team 3 – Evan Betterton, Sarah Gray, Luke Liska and Jordan Robinson. The Nashville team, from Martin Luther King, Jr., Magnet High School is Cody Simons, Will Scheving, Jordan Willis, and Kannan Raju. Millington Central High School students include Hope Lane, Megan Wilson, Brett Adams and Matt Roney.

The Tennessee World Affairs Council, which organized the WorldQuest competition in the state, is a non-profit, non-partisan educational organization that seeks to promote global awareness in the community and especially in the schools. Among the Council’s efforts since it was founded in Cookeville in 2007 have been distinguished visiting speakers programs, academic competitions for high school students, teacher workshops, teacher study abroad programs, current affairs briefings and small group discussion programs. The Council, which receives no public funding, is operated by a small group of volunteers and it invites the public to support its work through memberships, sponsorships and volunteerism. More information is available online at:


What: Tennessee State Championship – Academic WorldQuest Global Affairs Competition for High School Students
Where: Tennessee Tech University Center – Multipurpose Room
1000 North Dixie, Cookeville, TN
When: Sunday, March 8, 2009 at 3pm
Open to the public


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Caption: The Tennessee World Affairs Council in Cookeville organized this Sunday’s state championship match at TTU as one of its programs to enhance global awareness in the community and among students. It also brings distinguished visiting speakers to the area like Middle East scholar Thomas Lippman, shown here talking with Cookeville High School students about America’s challenges in the Arab world during a school visit.

The Tennessee World Affairs Council is a nonprofit (501c3), nonpartisan educational charity based in Nashville that works to build understanding of global issues in our communities. Learn more about the Council and find how you can join, donate and volunteer at:  — Join / Donate / Volunteer




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