Academic WorldQuest 2012

Which country has the world’s only non-quadrilateral flag?
What specific event is credited for igniting the Arab Spring?
What is the official language of Suriname? 

Last Friday, nearly 200 local high school students tackled questions like these — and many more — as they competed to see which school knows the most about the world. The tenth annual Academic WorldQuest competition tested participants with questions on world cultures, geography, flags, global business and economics, recent world history, people in the news, and international affairs.

Moderators Jon Delano and Sally Wiggin pose with Council President Steve Sokol (right) at the event

Sally Wiggin (WTAE-TV) and Jon Delano (KDKA-TV) moderated the competition, which was incredibly close. The scores were so close, in fact, that the judges needed to implement a Sudden Victory round to break the tie between first and second place.

The first place finishers were Pittsburgh Allderdice High School, followed by Shady Side Academy in second, and Upper St. Clair High School in third.

First Place: Pittsburgh Allderdice High School

Second Place: Shady Side Academy
Third Place: Upper St. Clair High School

As the winning team, Pittsburgh Allderdice will be sponsored to participate in the National Academic WorldQuest competition in Washington, D.C. on April 21, 2012. The competition will include high school teams representing world affairs councils from over 50 cities throughout the country. Participants will enjoy a weekend of exciting activities and a discussion with a prominent speaker.

The World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh, in cooperation with the International Business Center of the Katz Graduate School of Business at the University of Pittsburgh, presented the event, which was held at the Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall and Museum. UPMC, UPMC Health Plan, and the Global Studies Center at the University of Pittsburgh were generous sponsors of the event.

Congratulations to all of the students and teachers who participated!

Academic WorldQuest 2012