WORLD AFFAIRS CHALLENGE
WE WERE inspired by the creativity AND COLLABORATION OF youNG LEADERS IN OUR COMMUNITY as they tackled some of the world's most pressing global problems RELATED TO EQUALITY. WE WERE ALSO GRATEFUL FOR the AMAZING VOLUNTEEr support we received from JUDGES, PROCTORS, and EVENT CREW THAT SHOWED UP EARLY ON A COLD SATURDAY MORNING.
This year’s WAC took place on Saturday, March 2nd at the Auraria Campus in Downtown Denver. It had the participation of over 400 participants which included 250 students, 100 judges, 17 teachers, 35 guests, 12 board members, 2 board advisors, 2 staff and 3 volunteers.
The event also counted with the special participation of Mandy Manning - National Teacher of the Year (2018) - who teaches English and Math to refugee and immigrant students at Ferris High School in Spokane, Washington. She inspired the attendees with a great speech about “newcomers”, in which she highligthed that all of us at some point in our lives will face a particular situation that’s new to us, that makes us feel unconfortable and scared. However, through love, compassion, community support and courage, we can overcome these new experiences, grow from them, feel welcomed and welcome others!
This year’s World Affairs Challenge focused on the theme of Equality, including the following United Nations Sustainable Development Goals: SDG 4 (Quality Education), SDG 5 (Gender Equality), SDG 10 (Reduced Inequalities), SDG 16 (Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions), SDG 17 (Partnership for the Goals). It was amazing to witness the collaboration, engagement and project planning of 250 middle and high school students that are making a positive impact in the world.
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IF YOU HAVEN’T YET, WE KINDLY REQUEST THAT YOU COMPLETE OUR SURVEY. IT HELPS US TO IMPROVE OUR WORK AND PROGRAM.
2019 PARTICIPATING SCHOOLS
Evergreen Country Day School
Falcon Middle School
Denver Discovery School
Mackintosh Academy - Boulder
Mackintosh Academy - Littleton
St. Mary's Academy
McAuliffe International School
Horizons K-8 School
St. Mary's Academy
Basalt High School
Harrison High School
Cherokee Trail High School
Rocky Mountain High School
Gateway High School
The Pembroke Hill School
Cheyenne Mountain HS
Liceo de Puriscal IB School
(coming from Costa Rica)
WAC APP 2.0 - BETA LAUNCH
Help us test the updated WAC App!
If you still have the old version on your phone, kindly delete it. WAC now has a newer app which is web-based, and that means no download is required. You can access it on your mobile, tablet or destop device. All you need is a browser and an internet connection.
If you are a judge, a proctor or a teacher you should’ve received an email asking you to set up your account. If not, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. You will use this same account for ongoing participation. If you are a student, kindly ask your teacher how to login. He or she will be able to assist you. If not, please send an email to email@example.com. If you are a guest or a parent, kindly visit wac-ctir.org and sign up. It will just take a few seconds.
Through the WAC APP you will be able to:
Access the event schedule and logistic details
See the list of participating schools, teams, teachers, judges, sponsors, partners
Search for a specific team or school
Learn about the teams’ projects
Read the bios of CTIR board members and Keynote Speakers
Complete the event survey (currently under development)
Give judge scores for the Formal Presentations (FP) and Collaborative Question (currently under development). The CQ scoring has been improved since the previous version.
Find out the teams’ scores and winning teams in real-time (currently under development)
We would appreciate your support as we complete this project. It’s been designed for you and with you in mind! Kindly send your feedback and recommendations to