Going National with World Quest

March 25, 2021

First Place in Maine!


Gould participated in a regional World Quest event in March against teams of high school students from Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Illinois, Tennessee, Georgia, and Alabama.

As many as 16 students have participated in the program this year. For the regional event, Gould fielded two teams that included Dante Maravell ’23, Ronald Tomen ’22, and Greg Vlcek ’22. The team of Annabelle Forsley ’21, Peyton Hadfield ’22, and Eric Lee ’21 placed first place in Maine and 8th overall. Their team will represent Maine in the National tournament to be held virtually on April 16-17, 2021, hosted by the World Affairs Councils of America.

Broader Views, Deeper Understanding

The mission of the World Affairs Council of Maine, which hosts Academic World Quest is —similar to Gould’s— to connect Maine and the world, by engaging and educating people of all ages to become global citizens.

“Being part of World Quest has broadened my views on global politics,” Peyton Hadfield, “and has been an excellent opportunity to further my learning about culture, government, and current events worldwide while participating in exciting competitions. I am very proud that our team’s hard work has paid off, and we have qualified to represent Gould and Maine at the national competition.”

Students are quizzed on such topics as Global Protests, International Labour Organization (ILO), Climate Change and the Global Order, Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking, Artificial Intelligence and Data, and Looking to a Post-Pandemic Economy. To prepare, students met once a week, reviewing a variety of texts, articles, and videos to share with the team.

“Our team typically spends the first half of the school year prepping for the High School Quiz Show: Maine edition,” says advisor Adam Leff. “We’ve made it to the round of 16 that is broadcast on Maine’s PBS station each of the last two years. At the end of the fall term, we turned our attention to foreign policy issues that make up the Academic World Quest tournament.”

Nationally, Virtually

Now that it’s a virtual event, the national tournament has expanded to encompass the top three teams from each state, instead of the traditional in-person event hosted at the U.S. Institute of Peace in Washington, D.C.

“Peyton, Annabelle, and Eric had a strong showing,” says Mr. Leff. “They collaborated with each other in near seamless fashion despite being in three different locations, using an online platform that is similar to Zoom. Our students maintained their focus and concentration for the entire afternoon. I am so proud of the success of these students who have discovered how interconnected politics, economics, and civic action is at the global level.”

Studying up on foreign policy issues may sound like just more homework, but students genuinely enjoyed the challenge.

“World Quest has been an amazing opportunity to further my learning of today’s political climate and engage in fun competitions,” says Annabelle Forsley. “I am continuously expanding myself academically and seeing the success of our group through the achievements of our competitions!”

“Being part of World Quest has broadened my views on global politics and has been an excellent opportunity to further my learning about culture, government, and current events worldwide while participating in exciting competitions. I am very proud that our team’s hard work has paid off, and we have qualified to represent Gould and Maine at the national competition.”

—PEYTON HADFIELD ’22


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