Masonites Compete in WorldQuest
By Margaret Lipman (April 17, 2005)
Two Saturdays ago, seniors Alex Douglas and Dan McDonald,
Bjorn Westergard, and sophomore Margaret Lipman represented George
Mason in Academic WorldQuest 2005, a competition testing students’
knowledge of current events, flags, geography, world leaders,
religions, and political systems.
|Fifty high schools from around
the nation participated in the annual
event, which was sponsored by the World Affairs Councils of America.
The team from Taylor Allderdice High School in Pittsburgh,
Pennsylvania, won the challenging competition with a score of 93 points
out of a possible 100.
The GM team, which
was comprised of members of the Regional
championship-winning Scholastic Bowl team, was particularly successful
in the first half of the competition with questions about history and
geography, but ran into some difficulty with the more obscure questions
about the European Union and flags, eventually placing 22nd
competition, the teams were also able to attend a Q
& A session with ABC News correspondent John Donvan and a
performance by the political comedy sketch group the Capitol Steps.
Another memorable part of the day came while the team, accompanied by
GM math teacher Ms. Jennifer Jayson, was walking to the Capitol Steps’
performance and encountered the presidential
motorcade returning to the White House on Pennsylvania Avenue.
of Mason’s WorldQuest team take time
out to enjoy the performance of the politically satiric
group the Capitol Steps.
what you think.