On April 24, four members of CJ's JCOWA quiz bowl team, sophomores: John Chick, John Manovich, Jon Meyer and Sam Mullins competed in the Academic World Quest in Washington D.C. held at the National Press Club. They placed 16 out of 40 teams nationally--a very respectable showing. While in D.C., the group attended a conference at George Washington University, toured many of the monuments and Smithsonian Museums and had a private tour of the United States Memorial Holocaust Museum.
The four sophomores were invited to the prestigious competition after placing first in the Dayton World Affair's Quiz on February 1. In addition to the blue ribbon, CJ placed four teams in the top 15. All participants are members of Junior Council on World Affairs or JCOWA, which sends students to various forums for discussions, quiz bowls, and events—all designed to help them grow in their knowledge of global affairs.
Before heading to Washington, the team prepared for the competition, scheduling practices during homeroom periods and took advantage of other opportunities. “We are going online, looking at current events, and also doing in-depth research on specific topics,” said Mullins. “I am interested in current events, and that’s what drew me into JCOWA. It seemed like an interesting organization.”
Club moderator and social studies teacher, Tony Ricciuto ‘74, appreciates the aspects of Marianist charism that JCOWA offers students and enjoys seeing "students’ global awareness expanded" through programs and opportunities that it offers. He also recognizes the important role online networks play in today's global society.
By Tim Herrmann, contributing writer