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DHS Staff, Students Recognized for Global Knowledge Quest

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DHS Staff, Students Recognized for Global Knowledge Quest
Posted on 02/25/2016
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At its Feb. 23 meeting, the Portland Board of Public Education and Interim Superintendent Jeanne Crocker recognized Deering High School faculty and staff for their participation in an international knowledge competition.

On February 3rd, The World Affairs Council of Maine held its annual Academic WorldQuest competition. A team made up of faculty – called the Rampagers – placed fourth in what is billed as “the ultimate international knowledge competition.”

Academic WorldQuest is a national education program with the goal of informing and engaging high school students in global affairs. The Maine competition, held at Falmouth High School, was one of 50 contests nationwide. It stood out because it offered a spirited multi-age contest for high school, college and adult teams.

Teams were asked questions about world geography, history, politics and culture. The team with the most correct answers won.

The Rampagers team consisted of DHS staff Anne Dixon, Andrew Gordon, Carlos Gomez, Erika Schneider, Jeffrey Borland, Kirsten Platt, and Miles Bisher and also Grace Valenzuela, director of PPS' Multilingual & Multicultural Center. Student competitors were Deering High School seniors Jouya Mahmoudi and Salim Salim and juniors Zaeda Hills and Spencer Todd.