High School WorldQuest Program Gets Boost from Cookeville Rotarians

The Tennessee World Affairs Council recently received a donation from the Cookeville Breakfast Rotary club to support the Academic WorldQuest program, which encourages high school students to learn more about the world through competition. A check for $250 was presented to TN WAC President Patrick Ryan by Cindy Taylor, the club’s Director of Community Service.

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The Cookeville Breakfast Rotary Club's Director of Community Service Cindy Taylor presents a donation to TN WAC President Patrick Ryan to support Academic WorldQuest.

The members of the Cookeville Breakfast Rotary Club, part of the 1.2 million member network, provide service in the community and globally. “This club was a founding sponsor of the Tennessee World Affairs Council,” said Ryan, who added, “The Cookeville Breakfast club focuses its service work on youth in crisis and youth in excellence and it was with that in mind that they helped launch the Council when it was founded in Cookeville.”

The donation will be earmarked to support Academic WorldQuest 2013-2014, a competition for high school teams. The four-student teams prepare for competitions by reviewing study guides in ten global affairs topics then work as a team to answer a total of 100 questions. The teams compete in a Tennessee Championship Match held at Belmont University in Nashville on March 1, 2014. The winner goes on to represent Tennessee at a national championship tournament in April 2014. “The team that goes on to Washington not only competes against teams from the other 90 or so councils from around the country, but they also get a one of a kind experience in international affairs,” said Ryan. “The team and their teacher coach are escorted to Capitol Hill, embassies, think tanks, foreign affairs organizations and more all in an effort to show them what the world of foreign policy is all about.” Teams from Cookeville High School have been regular participants in the State Championship matches.

The Tennessee World Affairs Council was founded in Cookeville in 2007. It changed its base of operations to Nashville in 2012 but continues to offer programs like WorldQuest to all high schools throughout the state.

More information about the Tennessee World Affairs Council Academic WorldQuest competition is on the web site. [LINK]

More information about the Cookeville Breakfast Rotary Club is on the web site [LINK]


The Tennessee World Affairs Council has been granted charity status in accordance with Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. All contributions are tax-deductible to the fullest extent allowed by U.S. law.

To make a donation to the Tennessee World Affairs Council visit the web site. [LINK]

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