From left, Holt High School students Seniors Christian Hunn, Noah Cella, Jonathan Gutierrez and junior Palmer Soberg, winners of the 2017 WorldQuest competition.

A team of four students from Holt High School, in the Wentzville School District, recently won the World Affairs Council of St. Louis WorldQuest competition and has qualified to compete at the 2017-2018 Academic WorldQuest competition in Washington, D.C.

Seniors Christian Hunn, Noah Cella, Jonathan Gutierrez and junior Palmer Soberg competed against more than 120 students from 38 schools from across the region, as well as one team of international students.

The three-hour competition includes seven rounds of questions about world affairs, foreign policy, geography and current events. Following the seven rounds, the Holt team was in a tie for first with a team from Duchesne High School, but won by answering the first question correctly.

The Holt team won an all-expenses paid trip to the national competition in Washington, D.C. on April 28. The national competition is attended by more than 225 of the nation’s most promising high school students, along with their parents, teachers and chaperones. The Academic WorldQuest (AWQ) competition is a unique opportunity for many students to visit the nation’s capital for the first time.

Academic WorldQuest is a flagship program of the World Affairs Councils of America that engages more than 4,000 high school students annually across the U.S. to test their knowledge of global issues and foreign policy. The World Affairs Councils of America is the largest nonpartisan, non-profit grassroots organization in the United States dedicated to educating and engaging the American public on global issues.