A team from Vianney High School emerged victorious at the 17th Annual High School Academic WorldQuest Competition, presented by Saint Louis University and the World Affairs Council of St. Louis, Nov. 29.
The Vianney team correctly answered questions on North Korea, space policy, the NATO alliance, global refugees and migration and current world events to beat out 32 other teams of high schoolers.
Their team included Andrew Chapman, Jack Schlote, Nick Schwarzen, P.J. Wuennenberg, Charlie Preiss and advisor Dennis Matreci.
Moderator Rachel Lippman of St. Louis Public Radio asked 70 questions, such as:
Earlier this month, Facebook came under fire when which political data firm gained access to the private information of 50 million users for the purpose of influencing their political behavior?
1. Global Strategy Group
2. Cambridge Analytica
3. Precision Strategies
4. FP1 Strategies
The Vianney team earned an all-expense paid trip to the National Academic WorldQuest competition to be held in April in Washington, DC. The competition is hosted by the World Affairs Councils of America.
Taking second in the St. Louis competition was Duchesne High School ($500 prize).
Third was Fort Zumwalt North ($250 prize) and the Rookie of the Year award went to St. Joseph’s Academy.
In all, more than 130 students participated.
“It’s inspiring to see these bright, globally-minded young people gather and compete to see who knows the most,” said World Affairs Council of St. Louis President Pierce Powers, Jr. “We are honored to partner with Saint Louis University and our World Affairs Councils of America organization to make this evening possible.”