The Davidson Academy wins Academic WorldQuest competition

The regional competition was co-hosted by the University’s Honors Program and the Northern Nevada International Center

From left to right, The Davidson Academy students Jason Sharon, Nikesh Mishra, Alexander Alvarado, Bella Noonen, Davidson Academy coach Josh Bahn, and NNAWQ Coordinator Daniel Villanueva at the Academic WorldQuest competition.

The Davidson Academy team at the Academic WorldQuest competition

The University of Nevada, Reno's Honors Program and the Northern Nevada International Center - a non-profit organization serving Nevada's educational and international oriented communities - cosponsored the fifth annual regional Academic WorldQuest competition Jan. 27 in the Joe Crowley Student Union Ballrooms. The yearly competition includes subjects such as international relations, current events, U.S. foreign policy and geography of world regions. 

    The Davidson Academy won the competition and will go on to represent northern Nevada in the 15th annual Carlos and Malu Alvarez Academic WorldQuest National Competition in Washington, D.C., on Saturday, April 28. 

    The competition this year featured 20 participants from McQueen High School and The Davidson Academy. Davidson Academy member Nikesh Mishra was proud to take part in the competition.

    "I chose to compete in WorldQuest so that I could learn more about our inter-connected world, and it has made me a more perceptive global citizen," Mishra said.

    Honors Program Director Tamara Valentine is thrilled with the potential of Academic WorldQuest. More than 15 students who have taken part in WorldQuest have enrolled in the Honors Program since 2014.

    "This partnership helps the University of Nevada, Reno recruit some of the best students in the state, raises the visibility of the Honors Program in the local schools, expands the Honors Program's initiative to internationalize its members, and exposes the young citizens of Nevada to new ideas and global experiences in an increasingly interconnected world," Valentine said.

    Academic WorldQuest is available to all northern Nevada and California high schools, and those wishing to be involved can contact NNAWQ Coordinator Daniel Villanueva at

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