Team members, from left: Meghan Gorman, Matt Skelly, Alex Kurtz and Mitch Beiter.Regional win propels team in WorldQuestFor a second consecutive year, Hamburg High School will send a student team to a national academic competition that will test their knowledge of global issues and foreign policy. Team members Mitch Beiter, Meghan Gorman (student advisor), Alex Kurtz and Matt Skelly earned the right to participate in the Carlos and Malu Alvarez 2016 Academic WorldQuest National Competition by winning a regional contest against 26 other schools. Hamburg was the only public school in attendance.The students will travel to Washington, D.C., next April for the three-hour competition, which is sponsored by the World Affairs Councils of America. This will be a second appearance for Mitch, who also was a team member last year. The students were initially selected through their participation in the Model United Nations Program at the High School. The team advisors are social studies teachers James Harrigan and Emily Lennartz.
WorldQuest provides students a forum to learn about critical challenges facing the U.S. and the world. This year’s topics are: Current Events, Great Decisions, NATO, Asia Matters for America, International Trade and Finance, Sultanate of Oman, Privacy in the Digital Age, The Arctic, Food Security and Organization of American States.-- Nov. 13, 2015