A team of Beaufort High School students won first place Saturday in the Academic WorldQuest, defending their 2013 title in the academic competition.
The "Green" team was among groups from all five high schools in the Beaufort County School District that competed in the third annual event, presented by the World Affairs Council of Hilton Head and the district. The 10-round competition, held at Hilton Head Island High School, tested students' knowledge on a range of global issues, according to a district news release.
"This competition is always so fierce," Beaufort High coach Debi Kidd said in the release. "But we felt good coming in because we had worked so hard. And we've got a great bunch of kids."
Her team won an all-expenses-paid trip to Washington, D.C., for the national competition next month, the release said. More than 40 cities host Academic WorldQuest competitions, according to the release.
Hilton Head High School's "Columbia" team won second place and Bluffton High School's "Black" team came in third.
The multiple-choice questions focused on national security issues, from cybersecurity and U.S. energy policy to the Middle East and the global economic realignment. Students were also quizzed on world geography and global health.
Mike Fritz, a retired college professor who serves as project director for Beaufort County's WorldQuest, said he has always been impressed with how students in other countries follow current events in the U.S.
"In our interconnected and social media-driven society, our future leaders must know something about how other countries operate," Fritz said. "Our leaders must be knowledgeable about other countries and cultures."
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