by Claire Miller
After 10 rounds of questions spanning current events, international affairs, gender equality and other subjects, Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science and Technology’s Team A won the 5th annual Metro Atlanta Academic WorldQuest Competition on March 5.
Sponsored by the College of Education, the World Affairs Council of Atlanta and the GSU Office of International Affairs, WorldQuest is a high school team competition that tests students’ knowledge of international topics. In addition to participating in the competition, attendees heard from the Honorable Paul Gleeson, consul general to the Consulate of Ireland in Atlanta, who served as the event’s keynote speaker.
More than 110 students, coaches and parents from schools across the state attended WorldQuest, including teams from Morrow High School, Grovetown High School, Booker T. Washington High School, Carver Early College High School, Archer High School, Gwinett School of Mathematics, Science and Technology, Mountain View High School and Parkview High School.
The winning team included Nikhil Lakhanpal, Ban Pham, Daniel Parker and Marcus Raimondi and was led by coach Beverly Jerrim. Jerrim also coached Team B from the same school, which earned third place in the competition. Team A from Parkview High School won second place.
The students on the winning team will go on to compete in the national WorldQuest competition in Washington, D.C. this spring.
“Academic World Quest is a phenomenal vehicle by which students can learn about a variety of topics which they never would have encountered before,” Lakhanpal said. “As winners of this competition, we will have the opportunity to compete with other states’ champions. We are hopeful that we can succeed, but the chance itself is a rewarding opportunity that we will all cherish for years to come.”
For more information about WorldQuest, visit http://www.gsu.edu/international-affairs/44366.html.