A blog written by our members about their experiences at community events.
On Thursday February 23rd, Emily Clark, Kathy Pham, Melodie Vuong, and Lamisa Mustafa represented Newman Smith at Academic WorldQuest competition!
We studied since October to master the 2016 topics of Current Events, Women in Technology, China, Great Decisions, Peace and Conflict in Today's World, the European Union, Global Megacities, Turkey, Countering Violent Extremism, and Combating Infectious Diseases!
In the end, we ranked 26th place out of 78 teams! We thank Mr. Seff for being a supportive sponsor! We wrote a few reflections about the event:
Why we joined JWAC/WorldQuest:
"WorldQuest started as just a group of us curious about the news. Ms. Hardy suggested we form a team and participate in this competition. In only the past few years, it has now grown into a team not only focused on competing but also being more globally aware."
"I joined JWAC when my friends asked me to join it." -Emily Clark
"Initially I joined the Human Rights Forum, Smith's chapter of the Junior World Affairs Council, on a curious whim, but upon attending more and more meetings, it became a priority of mine to make a difference in the world by simply becoming informed and standing for change!" -Kathy Pham
"This was my first year participating in WorldQuest competition- my friends have been doing it for a couple of years and I really wanted to get involved. I think that this is a great outlet for us to cultivate our competitive spirits while simultaneously learning about important global events." -Lamisa Mustafa
Why we care about international issues and becoming globally conscious:
"It is now more important than ever to know what is happening not just in our community but all around the world. As we go off to college and onwards, we will be contributing to society. I want to form my opinions as an observer before I make change as a global citizen." -Melodie Vuong
"I care about international issues and becoming globally conscious because the US is constantly affected by international affairs and issues and we should care about the welfare of all people, not just Americans, so it is essential that everyone pay attention to and care about what is happening worldwide." -Emily Clark
"With the Academic WorldQuest competition, I am enabled to study about topics such as the European Union and Global Megacities as I tap into my inner competitiveness and I am enabled to form my own views on events that happen in the world today that affect my future tomorrow." -Kathy Pham
"I care about social affairs because it's what I'm dedicating my life to. I want to inspire those around me to care about the world and their fellow human beings. I think that the first step towards being a human rights activist is being informed, so that you have knowledge to share with others. It's so easy to be complacent in our fortunate lives- there are so many people living in unforgiving circumstances. It's our duty to help them." -Lamisa Mustafa
Memorable moments from the competition:
"Over the years, the memories from WorldQuest are some I will never forget. My favorite memory from this year is continuing our tradition of celebrating at Starbucks afterwards. It is a nice way to destress and refresh!" -Melodie Vuong
"One moment that I'm sure we will all remember for quite a while was when the table in front of us began to list off all of the cities they could think of when the question of how many megacities existed was posed." -Emily Clark
"Some of my favorite memories from this past WorldQuest season would have to be just being able to spend time with some of my favorite seniors since I'm the only junior in the team! We met up over the weekends to just sit down and hash out details from our study guide, but it was also a nice excuse to hang out with my best friends! -Kathy Pham
"My favorite memory this year was consulting with our sponsor, Mr. Seff after each round and laughing over how bizarre and obscure some of the questions were- he was answering them along with us, just on the sidelines! We appreciated his support so much." -Lamisa Mustafa
Human Rights Forum members