The International Affairs Forum hosts its annual Academic WorldQuest competition at the Hagerty Center Thursday, Feb. 6 from noon to 5 p.m. Eighteen local high school teams will compete for the chance to take part in the national flagship youth education program of the World Affairs Councils in Washington, D.C. on April 22.

The public is invited to attend and observe and cheer on these incredible high schoolers as they field questions about global affairs and show the nation that Traverse City is on the international map. Topics to be covered include preventing violent extremism and ocean protection and US-Russia relations.

“Academic WorldQuest has a great atmosphere of friendly competition,” said Ted Roe, a Traverse City Central High School graduate and and three-year AWQ participant whose team won last year. “Studying current topics in foreign affairs helped me expand my view of the world, and travelling to Washington, D.C. was a fantastic experience!” Roe is now a freshman at Notre Dame University.