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Over 200 students from Montana's High Schools showing how much they know about the world beyond our borders - Montana World Affairs Council Academic WorldQuest, 2/23, Missoula, Montana

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February 19, 2016View for printing

Academic WorldQuest (AWQ) is a team game challenging competitors' knowledge of international issues in areas like geography, history, current events, culture and more. As the Montana World Affairs Council's largest education initiative, AWQ began in 2005 with three teams and has grown to include almost 60 high school teams from around the state.

AWQ is an exciting 'global gauntlet' challenge engaging students in international affairs as teams compete for the opportunity to represent Montana at the national competition in Washington D.C., a trip made possible with the generous support of the Dennis and Phyllis Washington Foundation .

Teams of four high school students from any grade level put their heads together to answer 10 rounds / 10 multiple choice questions per round, on critical global issues.

This year, teams will travel to Missoula from all corners of the state, Billings, Noxon, Wolf Point, Great Falls, Gardner, Bozeman, Hot Springs, Stanford, Philipsburg, and Columbia Falls to participate in the global event.


The competition is held on the in the Ballroom on the 3rd floor of the University Center at the University of Montana. It begins at 4:30pm with welcome remarks from Governor Steve Bullock, Ambassador Mark Johnson, and Provost Perry Brown. Mayor John Engen will be the MC for the evening. The public is welcome to attend and try their hand at the trivia questions.

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Events like this are important for Montana's future leaders especially when you see headlines like this: "Montana county takes stand against allowing in Syrian refugees"

We must help people understand that not everyone outside of our borders is bad nor are they all good. Did you know that the second largest group of refugees from Syria are Christians? Complete vetting of refugees should be followed by an open and welcoming community. We've seen this type of reaction before and it's always proven to be wrong.

How many of you have ancestors who had to fight to get into the U.S.?

Our best hope is with our children. Hopefully they will learn that the world is connected much more than ever and we need the innovation, courage and love of America that people from other lands can bring to Montana.

Congratulations to the Montana World Affairs Council for organizing events and speakers who can help us all better understand the world outside of our borders.

Now is your opportunity to join and add your voice to the discussions:

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