Webster Hosts 15th Annual WorldQuest Competition for High School Students

Oct. 11, 2016

Webster Hosts 15th Annual WorldQuest Competition for High School Students
High school students competing at the 2011 Worldquest Competition, which also was held at Webster University.

ST. LOUIS – Webster University and the World Affairs Council of St. Louis will host the 15th Annual Academic WorldQuest competition at 6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 3 in Grant Gymnasium on Webster University’s home campus. During this three-hour competition, nearly 120 high school students from the St. Louis region will answer questions about world affairs. The winners of the competition are invited to participate in the national WorldQuest competition in Washington, D.C.

“Webster University prides itself on offering students a truly global education,” said Peter Maher, associate vice president of International Campuses & Initiatives. “We can’t think of a more appropriate environment for this competition than a college campus that educates students from multiple countries and prepares them for jobs around the world.”

WorldQuest is the only international knowledge competition held annually for students from all public and private high schools in the St. Louis region. Webster University is the primary host of the event. 

Historically, 35 to 40 of the more than 100 high schools invited field a team of four students to answer seven rounds of 10 questions on diverse international topics. This year’s topics include current events, peace and conflict in today’s world, the European Union, countering violent extremism, Turkey, China, and Women in Technology.

There is no charge for any of the participants. The winning team receives an all-expenses paid trip to Washington, D.C., to represent St. Louis in a national competition involving over 50 cities during April 2016. Second and third place finishers and the team named “Rookie of the Year” receive cash awards to fund school projects.

The World Affairs Council of St. Louis is a non-profit, membership funded organization pursuing global awareness in St. Louis. Since its founding in 1948, the Council has been responsible for sponsoring community events that include Ambassador Forums, topical panels and seminars and academic roundtables. Its mission is to sponsor programs that increase St. Louis community awareness of international people, cultures, and businesses.

With its home campus in St. Louis, Missouri, USA, Webster University (www.webster.edu) comprises an action-oriented global network of faculty, staff, students and alumni who forge powerful bonds with each other and with their communities around the globe. Founded in 1915, Webster is a private non-profit university with more than 17,000 students studying at campus locations in North America, Europe, Asia and Africa and in a robust learning environment online. The university is committed to delivering high-quality learning experiences that transform students for global citizenship and individual excellence.

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