EHS Team Wins Academic WorldQuest
On Saturday, March 23, a team from Essex High school won state competition for Academic WorldQuest 2019, edging out the team from South Burlington High School who finished in second place, followed by teams from Colchester High School, CVU, and Vermont Commons. Academic WorldQuest is the World Affairs Councils of America’s flagship youth education program for high school students. Students compete on their knowledge of current international politics, geography, global economics, history, and world cultures. Sponsored in Vermont by the Vermont Council of World Affairs, this year’s inaugural event gathered over 30 students in an competition that was judged by Edward R. McMahon, Ed.D of the University of Vermont and organized by Leigh Cole, J.D., Chair, Immigration Group of the Law Office of Dinse P.C.
The winning team from Essex was led by Captain, Sam Evans of Essex, and included team members Peregrine Ibarra of Westford, Calvin Burnett of Essex, and David Wrenner, also of Essex. "Through a collective effort and the specialization of our team members we managed to come out on top. We all had a blast thanks to the great competition, positive atmosphere, and the work put in by the Vermont Council on World Affairs and other volunteers,” said Sam Evans.
As the winning team, the group from Essex High School will travel on an expense-paid trip to Washington D.C. to compete against teams from across the U.S. in the national competition on April 27. The winners of the national competition will be awarded a learning trip to Qatar.
"Academic WorldQuest was a fantastic experience that greatly benefited our students. They learned a tremendous amount about international affairs and gained new perspectives on a variety of issues as they studied the ten topic areas of the competition,” stated Charlie Burnett, faculty adviser to the Essex team. “It will be a great honor to get to represent the state of Vermont at the national competition."
Caption A – Essex Team
(L-R) Faculty Advisor Charlie Burnett, Calvin Burnett (Essex), David Wrenner (Essex), Sam Evans (Essex), Peregrine Ibarra (Westford)
Caption B – AWQ Competitors
Over 30 students from five area high schools gathered. In this photo, they await the announcement of the winners.