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Sat, 02/21/2009 - 3:30pm

Results from WorldQuest 2009

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Columbia River High School (Vancouver) edged out Summit High School's Team B (Bend) on a tie breaker to win the World Affairs Council's annual WorldQuest Global Knowledge Competition. Coming in third place was Lakeridge High School (Lake Oswego). The winning team will travel to Washington DC on April 4 to compete against 50 high schools nationwide for the national Academic WorldQuest championship.

Thirty seven teams from high schools across Oregon and Southern Washington, from as far away as Brookings, participated in the 2009 World Quest competition. For the 6th year, Dave Stout, Chair of the Language Department at Portland Community College, Sylvania, presided as MC with Dr. Richard Peck, Lewis & Clark Professor Emeritus, serving as the judge emeritus.

This year's questions were derived from the Seven Revolutions - key global changes likely to impact the world until 2025. These trends, identified by the Global Strategy Institute at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, included Population, Water, Connectivity, Globalization and Transnational Crime. Additional questions were drawn from Great Decisions 2009 topics, current events and this year's country of focus: Germany. The questions were painstakingly researched by a dedicated team from the Council's Young Professionals: Abdulai Sei, Bryan Vandergriff, Erica Cover, Katie Clarkson, Lisa Buhl, Mari Saint Pierre, and Tripp Ritter.

After working their brains for the competition, participants had a chance to relax, enjoy authentic German cuisine and converse with one of 37 international students from both PSU and Lewis & Clark. After dinner participants experienced the culture of Germany through contemporary and traditional music and dance.

First Prize - Columbia River High School, Vancouver, Washington. (left to right: Sang Jin Lee, Taylor Gassaway, Nathan Drapala, Mr. Gary Lorentzen, Chris Cotner)
Second Prize - Summit High School, Bend, Oregon. (left to right: unknown, Elizabeth Bishop, unknown, Weston Koyama)
Third Prize - Lakeridge High School, Lake Oswego, Oregon. (left to right: Mia Schsuffler, Rishi Rajani, Kyle Teegarden, Lara Anderson)