March 31, 2014 Harrisburg Academy wins international affairs competition
The fourth Annual Academic WorldQuest™ competition was held on Saturday, March 15 at Central Penn. Academic WorldQuest is a flagship youth education program of the national network of World Affairs Councils. It is a team competition testing high school students’ knowledge of international affairs. In the competition, four-person teams compete by answering multiple-choice questions divided into ten unique and engaging thematic categories. Some of this year’s categories included: Cybersecurity, U.S. Energy Policy, Global Environmental Issues and Current Events. Winning teams are invited to represent their high school at the national competition held each year in Washington, D.C.
Central Penn co-sponsored the event, working alongside the World Affairs Council of Harrisburg (WACH). Professor Micaiah Smith-Morris sits on the WACH Board of Directors and was instrumental in bringing the competition to Central Penn. Ten teams competed, with the winning team members receiving $500 scholarships from WACH. Area high schools participating included Central Dauphin, Central Dauphin East, Cumberland Valley, Harrisburg Academy and Penn Manor. First place went to Harrisburg Academy (shown in the photo above).
Serving as judges were faculty members Dr. Melissa Wehler, Professor Harve Tannenbaum and Professor Micaiah Smith-Morris, and Residence Life Director Megan Peterson. Library Director Diane Porterfield and Admissions Counselor Adrienne Thoman assisted Director of Returning Students Kathy Panza in event coordination, including room set up and greeting students, parents and school counselors.
To read more about the World Affairs Council of Harrisburg and the event, visit www.wacharrisburg.org.