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Local Academic World Quest Team Participates in National Competition

by The World Affairs Council of Greater Reading

Jun 08, 2023

Governor Mifflin Gold Team

The World Affairs Council of Greater Reading sent their winning Academic World Quest Team (Governor Mifflin Gold Team) to the National Academic World Quest Competition held in Washington, D.C. at the United States Institute of Peace. This was Mifflin’s second appearance. The Governor Mifflin team joined 35 teams of high school students from around the country in the competition.

The teams attended a welcome reception at the Art Museum of the Americas and heard keynote speakers Ambassador William Taylor (USIP) and Oksana Markarova (Ukraine Ambassador to the US) provide presentations. Our local team did well in the event.

James Gossert, one of the team members, contacted Senator Casey’s office prior to the trip, resulting in the Mifflin team meeting with Senator Casey’s senior staff along with a private tour of the capital.

The following are a few of the team members’ comments:

“Because of the generosity of the World Affairs Council of Greater Reading, my classmates and I were able to gain an experience, igniting a flame of interest in foreign affairs, through having the advice for the Ukrainian Ambassador and the other experts such as Senator Casey’s national security fellow.” – James Gossert

“One of the neatest conversations I has was with the Anti-defamation league vice president of the southwest region.  I ended up getting his business card and he told me to contact him as he lives in Houston, where I am going to college.” – Brady Detwiler

“Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to compete, and I feel like I learned a lot about the importance of foreign affairs.  I would like to thank the World Affairs Council for creating this experience and providing us the opportunity to compete.” – Josh Wert

“Thanks to the World Affairs Council for giving me the opportunity to talk with many other world affairs-interested high schoolers at the competition.” – Kyle Wodehouse

Congratulations to our Governor Mifflin Gold Team.

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