Webster University, World Affairs Council Host 11th Annual WorldQuest Competition

What does the acronym ORTSAC stand for?

What is the name of the final dynasty in China before revolution brought the feudal system to an end?

Individuals in the Taliban are most commonly of what regional ethnicity?

These are just a few of the questions posed to teams of students who participated in the 11th Annual High School Academic WorldQuest competition, held Nov. 13 at Webster University.

Webster cosponsored the competition, which is a flagship youth education program of the national network of World Affairs Councils designed to test high school students' knowledge of international affairs. Four-person teams from 34 local high schools participated in the competition by answering multiple choice questions divided into seven unique and engaging thematic categories.

This year's topics included the Middle East, current events, the Cuban Missile Crisis, China, World Geography, and UN Millennium Goals: Environmental Sustainability, and Afghanistan and Pakistan.

Approximately 4,000 students across the country participate in competitions hosted by more than 40 local World Affairs Councils. Winning teams are invited to represent their high school, city and local councils at the national WorldQuest competition, held each spring in Washington, DC.

Ladue Horton Watkins High School, with 58 points, took first-place honors. St. Louis University High School (57 points) and Clayton High School (56 points) came in a close second and third. Parkway West High School received the "Rookie of the Year" title, for being the school new to the competition with the highest score.

And, as for those questions? Here are the answers:

  • ORTSAC is a code name for a mock invasion of Cuba (Castro spelled backward).
  • The Ching Dynasty is the final dynasty in China before revolution brought the feudal system to an end.
  • Individuals in the Taliban are most commonly of the Pashtun ethnicity.

View more images from the competition on Webster's Facebook gallery.

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