STA to Compete in National Academic Competition

Students present award to school principal
STA students Kegan Hatfield, Kate Smith, Keshav Joshi and Edward Smith won the 2018 NH AWQ Competition in March.


Academic WorldQuest is the World Affairs Council of America’s flagship youth education program. It is designed to be a fun, fast-paced team competition for high school students that challenges players’ knowledge of current international politics, geography, global economics, history and world cultures. 

In March of this year, St. Thomas Aquinas High School participated in the 2018 New Hampshire Academic WorldQuest Competition at Southern New Hampshire University and one of the school’s teams earned first place. As a result, STA seniors Kegan Hatfield, Keshav Joshi, Edward Smith and junior Kate Smith are now on their way to Washington D.C. to compete at the national level on April 28.  

This year’s topics are vast and diverse. NAFTA, Cybersecurity, and Combating Climate Change are but three of the many in-depth topics confronting both United States and global leaders. Every year, the national competition is attended by more than 225 of the nation’s most promising high school students. This year, the STA students will also attend a welcome reception at the United States Institute of Peace (USIP) on Friday, April 27. They will have an opportunity to explore the many ways that the USIP works to prevent conflicts and will include a presentation by Ambassador William Taylor, USIP’s executive Vice President.

Good luck, Saints!


Pictured: Mrs. Jennifer Duprat (moderator), Kegan Hatfield ‘18, Kate Smith ‘17, STA Principal Kevin Collins, Keshav Joshi ‘18, and Edward Smith ’18.