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Three Bolles Teams Compete at Academic WorldQuest

Twelve Bolles upper school students put their international knowledge to the test at the 2024 Admiral Jonathan T. Howe Academic WorldQuest February 8 at the University of North Florida's Adam W. Herbert University Center.

Academic WorldQuest, a flagship program of the World Affairs Council network, is a team game testing competitors' knowledge of international affairs, geography, history and culture through six rounds of six questions each. All of the questions are multiple-choice, and students have 30 seconds to answer each question.

The World Affairs Council of Jacksonville began its own Academic WorldQuest in 2005, with this year’s competition including more than 160 students and 44 teams.

Bolles upper school social studies teacher Danton Kostandarithes accompanied the following Bulldogs to the competition:

MaryAgnes Smith ’25
Max Kim ’25
Luke Meyers ’26
Thomas Sippens-Groenewegen ’27

Bolles Globetrotters
Unsh Majithia ’25
Amir Chahlavi ’25
Brody Mills ’25
Lizzy Watkins ’26

Aniya Nahar ’25
Alexiya Downer ’25
Abby Bradley ’25
Dhruv Pandya ’25

Bollesphere and Bolles Globetrotters tied with four other teams for sixth place overall. GloBolles tied with two other teams and placed 15th overall. The teams were tested on the following topics:

  • The North Atlantic Treaty Organization: Alliance and Collective Defense in a Changing World
  • Demographics Dividends – Population Shift in Africa
  • Navigating AI: The Global Workforce
  • The Global South
  • Sports and Diplomacy
  • Country in Focus: South Korea

Congratulations to all the Bolles students who studied and prepared so hard for this challenging competition. Students interested in getting involved with the Bolles Global Learning and Engagement program can check out this online calendar for new, upcoming opportunities.