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Sat, 02/20/2010 - 3:30pm

Results from WorldQuest 2010

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WorldQuest 2010 returned to its PSU roots for the 8th Annual Global Knowledge Competition. Many thanks to Portland State’s Office of International Affairs for sponsoring this wonderful event that brought 32 four-person teams of high school students together from as far east as Long Creek and as far south as Brookings for a chance to show what they know about the world.

First Prize this year went to Westview High School (Beaverton), Second Prize to Corbett High School (Corbett) and Third Prize to Oregon City High School’s Team A. Congratulations to all! The Westview Team will travel to Washington DC on April 24 to compete against 50 high schools nationwide for the National Academic WorldQuest championship. This event will take place this year at the National Press Club and include a visit to the united States Holocaust Museum as a follow-up to one of the 10 compelling topics studied this year...Genocide. Both promise to be unforgettable experiences.

Following the ninth round, participants had a chance to relax, enjoy authentic Turkish cuisine, converse with International Cultural Service Program (ICSP) students from PSu and experience mini-workshops in Turkish music, dance and art. Student evaluation comments like “It was very awesome” and “I have really had a great experience all three years that I have been attending WorldQuest” warm our heart and inspire us to make 2011 an even better experience.

Many thanks to, Dave Stout, Chair of the Language department at Portland Community College, Sylvania, who presided as MC and judges Gene Solomon and Kevin Grubb. Words cannot express our appreciation for our dedicated Question Creation Team, Abdulai Sei, Bryan Vandergriff, Erica Cover, Katie Clarkson, Lisa Buhl, Mari Saint Pierre, and Tripp Ritter, for their brilliance in creating challenging and thoughtful questions on topics from International Migration Trends to Pandemics.

Last but not least, a million thanks to the Allen Family Foundation, the Nathan Family Foundation and the Wyss Family Foundation whose generosity and dedication to Global Education made WorldQuest 2010 possible!

First Prize - Westview High School, Beaverton, Oregon. (left to right: Andrei Secasiu, Arjun Kandaswamy, Evan Marshall, and Michael Ling)
Second Prize - Corbett High School, Corbett, Oregon. (right to left: Finn Thorsell, Cole Ceciliani, David Schroth, Daniel Handy, and coach Susan Handy)
Third Prize - Oregon City High School, Oregon City, Oregon. (left to right: Andrew Rictor, Alexa Olson, Madeline, Purkeson, Allison Memerlstein)