by Claire Miller
High school students from across the state of Georgia braved the cold weather on March 2 to compete in the 7th annual Metro Atlanta WorldQuest competition at Georgia State University.
The event, hosted by the College of Education, the World Affairs Council of America-Atlanta, and the Georgia State Office of International Initiatives, brought these students to campus for 10 rounds of questions about current and world events, economic policy and the United Nations’ Millennium Goals.
Suzanne Maness, faculty advisor for the Elite Scholars Academy team from Clayton County, has overseen teams at WorldQuest for four years and has watched students develop a greater interest in international affairs.
“I enjoy seeing them realize the importance of having a well-rounded worldview,” Maness said. “It’s wonderful that Atlanta – which is such an international city – has a competition like this. We can’t grow unless we understand the world, and these students have the chance to do that here.”
Kike Ehigiator, director of international initiatives and partnerships at Georgia State, said events like WorldQuest present educators the opportunity to foster high school students’ curiosity about the world around them.
“I hope students understand the importance of international education and become engaged in global issues in their high school and college years,” she said.
This year’s winning team, the Mountain View High School Team B, will represent metro Atlanta and compete with other teams from across the country at the national competition in Washington, D.C., later this year.
For more information about WorldQuest, visit http://www.gsu.edu/worldquest.