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Release: National Academic WorldQuest Competition

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San Antonio high school seniors competed in national world affairs competition
National World Affairs Council’s “Academic WorldQuest” competition was held in DC

SAN ANTONIO April 30, 2017 – Today a team of four students from Keystone School in San Antonio returns from the prestigious national Academic WorldQuest competition, a flagship program of the World Affairs Councils of America that engages more than 4,000 high school students annually across the U.S. to test their knowledge of global issues and foreign policy.

Some 47 teams, each of which won their local Academic WorldQuest competitions across the U.S., participated in the event. Students competed in teams of four, and each team answered 10 rounds of 10 questions focused on international topics.

“For the seventh consecutive year, Keystone School won the San Antonio regional Academic World Quest competition. The students worked very hard for the regional honor and competed against 42 very well-qualified teams from San Antonio, and then the 47 teams on the national level,” said Ray Boryczka, the team’s faculty advisor who accompanied the group to the contest in DC. Boryczka teaches U.S. History and Economics at Keystone.

Team members were Anna Christoffersen, Tamar Furman, Mishel Malik, and Isuru Somawardana, all grade 12 students at Keystone School.

“In addition to the team that participated in the national contest, we in San Antonio have another reason to be proud of the program. Carlos and Malú Alvarez of San Antonio made a significant pledge that supports the national Academic WorldQuest program, and it is named the ‘Carlos and Malú Alvarez Academic WorldQuest National Competition’ in their honor,” said Leslie Palmer, World Affairs Council of San Antonio executive director. Mr. Alvarez is CEO of the Gambrinus Company and serves the board of both the national and the San Antonio World Affairs Councils.

The ten topics for the 2017 local and national competition include Current Events, Peace and Conflict in Today’s World, Combating Infectious Disease, European Union, Countering Violent Extremism, Turkey, Global Megacities, China, Great Decisions, and Women in Technology.

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Founded in 1982, the World Affairs Council of San Antonio celebrates its 35th anniversary in 2017. Its mission is to promote public understanding of world affairs and United States foreign policy, and to enhance the ability of the community and future leaders to participate as global citizens. The Council accomplishes its mission by presenting lectures, organizing discussion groups, sponsoring educational outreach programs, and hosting events for young professionals. A not-for-profit and non-partisan organization, it is a member of the World Affairs Councils of America. Visit and follow the World Affairs Council of San Antonio at and Contact the World Affairs Council at 40 NE Loop 410, Suite 608, San Antonio, TX 78216. Telephone 210-308-9494. Email