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Academic WorldQuest


For the past six years, the Naples Council on World Affairs Outreach Committee has sponsored an Academic World Quest Competition for middle school students from the public and independent schools of Collier county.  The MSAWQ has as its objective promoting middle school student awareness of the interrelationship of the United States and world nations, historically and at present.  This year's competition took place Saturday, February 2, 9:00 AM, at the Community School of Naples.  The students answered questions in the following categories:
    - World Geography
    - Forms of Government
    - Current World Leaders
    - U.S. History Prior to the Civil War
    - Military Leaders of the Revolutionary War and the War of 1812
    - Energy Sources
    - Current International Events
    - Current National Events
    - Arab Spring and the Middle East
Over 100 students and their coaches/teachers from 14 middle schools were involved in the 2013 competition.  Winning student team members received Barnes & Noble gift certificates and Academic Excellence Medals.  The winning middle school teams for this year's  MSAWQ are:
     First Place:  North Naples Team A
 Second Place:  Pine Ridge Team A
    Third Place:  North Naples Team B
  Fourth Place:  Oakridge Team B
Fifth Place Tie: St. Elizabeth Seton Team B
                     Gulfview Team B
Details for the 2014 MSAWQ will be available early in the fall.


The High School Academic WorldQuest competition will be on Saturday, March 2, starting at 9:00 A.M. at the Community School. The 2012-2013 categories will focus on the Six Top National Security Issues for 2013 voted on by leaders of World Affairs Councils across the country, plus several more categories including the articles from Great Decisions.

2012-2013 Categories
  • US Economic Competitiveness 
  • US Education: Competing Globally
  • US Energy Policy
  • Middle East 
  • Afghanistan/Pakistan
  • China
  • UN Millennium Goals: Environmental Sustainability
  • Geography
  • Current Events
  • Cuban Missile Crisis: 50th Anniversary

Download the 2012-2013 Study Guide

Here are the winners for the 2012-2013 High School Academic WorldQuest

1st place: Community School of Naples A Team
2nd place: Gulf Coast High School B Team
3rd place: Gulf Coast High School A Team

The winning team members (Max Bressler, Pat Moran, Jack McElwaine and Kara Bressler) of Community School and their teacher/coach are also awarded an all expense trip to Washington, D.C. to compete nationally against 50-60 other World Affairs Council's winning teams. The competition will take place April 27th at Georgetown University.


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