On Friday April 26th, 2019, the Qatar-America Institute (QAI) welcomed over 250 high school students and teachers from around the country as the host of the World Affairs Councils of America’s (WACA) Academic WorldQuest National Competition Reception.
These talented students were finalists in WACA’s Academic WorldQuest National Competition, billed as “the World Affairs Councils of America’s flagship youth education program is a fun, fast-paced team competition for high school students. Academic WorldQuest tests players’ knowledge of current international politics, geography, global economics, history, and world cultures.”
Students at the event won essay contests on current events through the WorldQuest competition and were in Washington, D.C. to compete for a national victory. QAI hosted the group at our D.C. office space overlooking the U.S. Capitol. Students were treated to food, beverages, a scavenger hunt-style trivia game, a henna artist, educational expos on Qatar and other regional topics, and raffle prizes that included a model Qatar Airways plane and memorabilia.
Students also took home complementary books on Qatar, Qatari culture, and factsheet on the U.S.-Qatar relationship produced by QAI. Many noted how ‘cool’ they thought it was that Qatar is hosting the first World Cup in the Middle East region. Others practiced their Arabic with QAI staff and asked about future internships with QAI, which we were happy to discuss.
QAI thanks the dedicated students of the Academic WorldQuest National Competition for their great company and interest in learning about the U.S.-Qatar relationship during the reception. We would also like to especially thank WACA’s President & CEO Bill Clifford and COO Liz Brailsford for their outstanding contributions to this event and gracious support of QAI.