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Global Gauntlet: CCWA's World Trivia Challenge

Our last event on Thursday was the "Global Gauntlet: CCWA's World Trivia Challenge" which took place at the Market Garden Brewery on West 25th Street in Cleveland.
The purpose of this event was to raise money in a fun way in order to send a team of four young women from Hathaway Brown School in Shaker Heights to Washington, DC in April in order to compete in the Carlos and Malu Alvarez 2017 Academic WorldQuest National Competition. We investigated the website which was and learned that Academic WorldQuest is "a flagship program of the World Affairs Council of America that engages more than 4,000 high school students annually across the U.S. to test their knowledge of global issues and foreign policy."
 We were told that approximately 100 people came to the Market Garden Brewery to have a good time playing trivia and to support the Hathaway Brown team.
 The contest itself was organized so that there would be five rounds of trivia in which five questions would be asked. Each round was assigned a subject matter which were geography, world capitals , and country flags; current events, world history (general knowledge); peace and conflict in today's world; and foreign policy. Each correct answer netted a certain number of points and there was a bonus question at the end of each round which paid extra points if answered correctly.

 As for the participants, they were divided into teams of four and we understand that there were 20 teams total. The team members got to name their teams whatever they wanted and some of the names that players came up with were "Bird Brains", "Trivia per Suits", "Kingsbury Runners", "Drinkers without Borders", "Bobby's World", "Inner Circle", "Mandel School Mavericks", "Know It Alls", "Sessions Confessions", and "Stevie's Wonders."

 The teams were given two minutes to answer each question (no one knew what the questions were in advance) and no cell phones or technology could be used to help answer the questions. After each round, the teams turned in their answer sheets to be scored.

 Presiding over the gathering and asking the questions were Mr. Mike McIntyre, host of "The Sound of Ideas" on 90.3 WCPN Ideastream, and Mr. David Silk of "SGI Global Business Advisors, LLC". Both of them enjoyed kidding each other and the players throughout the evening. For instance, Mr. McIntyre joked that "Global Gauntlet" was the title of the United States new immigration policy and in order for the participants to protect themselves, they could build a wall out of pint glasses.

 Examples of the questions asked were:
 What is the highest waterfall in the world and where is it located? (i.e. it was hinted that the answer was not Cuyahoga Falls)

 In what country was Kim Jong-Nam, the half-brother of North Korea's leader, killed by toxic nerve agent VX?
 What organization resulted from a conference in Bretton Woods, New Hampshire between 44 allied nations following World War II?
 Which European country will celebrate its 100th year anniversary from being independent from Russia in 2017?
 Name the disputed territory in the Maghreb region of Africa that has long been disputed between the Morocco and the region's indigenous Saharawi people.

 At least one question pertaining to immigration was asked which was:

 In 2015, 46,630,000 people living in the U.S. were born in other countries. Name the top 3 places of origin for U.S. immigrants in 2015. (Answer was Mexico, China and India).

 At the end of the night, the team "Inner Circle" won first place and $2,000.00 was raised for the Hathaway Brown School team.


Michael Patterson

Community Liaison,

Margaret W. Wong & Assoc. Co., LLC