JCOWA Members Headed To National Competition

Members of Chaminade Julienne's JCOWA (Junior Council on World Affairs) club competed against nine other schools in the Dayton Council on World Affairs' International Quiz Bowl regional competition on Monday, February 8 at the University of Dayton. In the competition, more than 180 students split into 49 teams, with a CJ team winning it all.

"I feel sort of shocked about winning," shared Emery Monnig '18.

The members of CJ's winning team included Monnig, Jacob Ely '18, Jake Jagels '18 and Connor Trick '18.

"I am thoroughly excited about winning the competition," said Ely. "It's an awesome event with a lot of tough competition and I am proud of us as a team."

"Winning the JCOWA regional competition was a great accomplishment for our team," echoed Trick. "I was proud of how we worked together as a team to answer the challenging questions that were posed to us."

"The students on this team have a real interest in current events and this subject," said JCOWA moderator Tony Ricciuto '74. "They are also all taking AP American History this year."

Ricciuto explained that the regional competition consisted of 10 rounds with 10 questions in each round. At the end of the 10 rounds, there were two teams, CJ and Lebanon, each tied with 64 points.

"During the tie breaking round, there was five questions," Ricciuto continued. "CJ got four correct and Lebanon got three correct."

The winning team will now compete against nearly 40 other teams from around the nation in the World Affairs Councils of America's Academic Worldquest in Washington, D.C. on April 22-23.

"I feel truly blessed," said Jagels. "We are excited to be able to showcase Chaminade Julienne in this national competition!"

Ricciuto has moderated JCOWA since 2009. He has taken two other teams to the national competition, in 2010 and 2012.

"My favorite part of JCOWA is the opportunity to interact and compete with other schools in JCOWA related events," said Trick.

"JCOWA introduces me to new people, and expands my view of the world," Monnig echoed.

"My favorite part about JCOWA at CJ is the dinners," added Ely. "It's so cool to see how many cultures are distributed among the Dayton area and it's always good to try new kinds of food."

Jagels noted, "Being part of JCOWA has really opened my eyes to looking at life through a 'world view lens'! The group is great, we have quarterly dinners, fun meetings, and of course the yearly quiz bowl at UD is a blast."