Academic Bowl: WorldTeach Micronesia

A photo from the Academic Bowl featured in the Kaselehlie Press

Ding! The sound of bells rang throughout the Truk Stop Hotel on Weno Island in Chuuk state, in the Federated States of Micronesia, as students answered questions in the first annual Chuuk State High School Academic Challenge Bowl.

WorldTeach Field Director Max Mosley and five other volunteers were lucky enough to lead their students from Chuuk High School to compete in this exciting event that took place from October 23-26. Organized by the Chuuk Women's Council as a part of their initiative to promote education throughout the state, Mosley's students faced off against three other schools, SDA Christian High School, Berea Christian High School, and Mitzpah Christian School.

The schools competed in three areas throughout the hotel so that the same questions could be asked to different schools without giving anyone an unfair advantage. Meeting on the patio, in the Hard Wrek Conference Room, and in the TV room, the competing students began the competition with support from their friends, families, and neighbors. Even the local newspaper, the Kaselehlie Press was there to cover the story!

Paul Hadik, a Chuuk educator created more than 300 questions for the rigorous elimination and championship rounds.  During the rounds, the moderators Clark Graham and Bill Stennitt asked 240 of the available questions. These covered an amazing range of topics including Politics, Fishing, Time, Education, Pacific Islands, and twenty-nine others. 

After the elimination rounds, the teams from SDA Christan High School and Chuuk High School moved on to the championship. The SDA team was made up of Louis Soltones (10th grade), Dawn Bisalen (11th grade), and Freddy Elias (9th grade). The team from CHS consisted of three 12 grade students: Tiara Williander, Sarah Sos, and Majesty Helickios. 

In the end, the SDA Christian High School took first place. That's not to say that the CHS team didn't put up a good fight though! While they may have lost in the final round, they led the competition in overall points. 

All in all, the Chuuk State High School Academic Challenge Bowl was a great success. Thank you to everyone who worked to make the event a reality. We are looking forward to next year's competition already!

If you are interested in reading more about life on Chuuk, check out the Kaselehlie Press, a Phonpei-based newspaper that covers stories throughout the Federated States of Micronesia, in which this story was first featured.

Want to learn more about WorldTeach? Then check out our website at www.worldteach.org! If you have any additional questions, feel free to email us at info@worldteach.org or give us a call at 857.259.6646.

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