WORLD AFFAIRS CHALLENGE
2019 RECAP


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.

THANK YOU!

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.

“Be fearless,
be kind, get to know your neighbors.”
— Mandy Manning

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.

Auraria Higher Education Center - Downtown Denver, Colorado.

Auraria Higher Education Center - Downtown Denver, Colorado.

Keynote by Teacher of the Year - Mandy Manning.

Keynote by Teacher of the Year - Mandy Manning.

Group of Returned Peace Corps Volunteers (RPCVs) that participated as judges and proctors.

Group of Returned Peace Corps Volunteers (RPCVs) that participated as judges and proctors.

Judges attentively observing the students’ presentations and offering constructively feedback.

Judges attentively observing the students’ presentations and offering constructively feedback.

Students enjoying the morning session, fellowshipping with their friends and making new ones.

Students enjoying the morning session, fellowshipping with their friends and making new ones.

Students reviewing their presentation before their first round (FP 1).

Students reviewing their presentation before their first round (FP 1).

Multicultural experience. The participating teams are comprised of students from different social, economic and cultural backgrounds.

Multicultural experience. The participating teams are comprised of students from different social, economic and cultural backgrounds.

Amazing volunteer judges that faced the cold weather to support our next generation of global leaders.

Amazing volunteer judges that faced the cold weather to support our next generation of global leaders.

Congratulations to Kate Leaf, middle school teacher from Mackintosh Academy in Boulder for receiving the 2019 World Affairs Challenge Leadership Award for her outstanding work. Kate led two teams: No Shame (cyberbullying) and Mack Justice (racial prejudice and incidences of police brutality).

Congratulations to Kate Leaf, middle school teacher from Mackintosh Academy in Boulder for receiving the 2019 World Affairs Challenge Leadership Award for her outstanding work. Kate led two teams: No Shame (cyberbullying) and Mack Justice (racial prejudice and incidences of police brutality).

Opening Remarks at the Tivoli.

Opening Remarks at the Tivoli.

Teams focused their projects on the UN SDG (Sustainable Development Goals) related with equality issues.

Teams focused their projects on the UN SDG (Sustainable Development Goals) related with equality issues.

International Collaboration - Victoria Alpiza (left) and Kathia Molina (right), united forces and led their students from Liceo de Puriscal, Costa Rica and Harrison High School, Colorado Springs - and as one team - they addressed education issues in Latin America.

International Collaboration - Victoria Alpiza (left) and Kathia Molina (right), united forces and led their students from Liceo de Puriscal, Costa Rica and Harrison High School, Colorado Springs - and as one team - they addressed education issues in Latin America.

Students and Judges observing a team’s presentation in the King Center classroom.

Students and Judges observing a team’s presentation in the King Center classroom.

Students enjoying the morning session.  The WAC is a fun, engaging and collaborative opportunity to learn about global issues and develop innovative solutions.

Students enjoying the morning session.
The WAC is a fun, engaging and collaborative opportunity to learn about global issues and develop innovative solutions.

Over 400 participants gathered at the Tivoli on March 2nd, 2019 to participate on the equality-themed World Affairs Challenge.

Over 400 participants gathered at the Tivoli on March 2nd, 2019 to participate on the equality-themed World Affairs Challenge.

Team rehearsing before their first round of formal presentation (FP 1).

Team rehearsing before their first round of formal presentation (FP 1).

WAC Program Director, Hope Mukai and 2018 WAC winners from Mackintosh Academy, showcasing their project updates.

WAC Program Director, Hope Mukai and 2018 WAC winners from Mackintosh Academy, showcasing their project updates.

Congratulations to Kathia Molina, high school teacher from Harrison School in Colorado Springs for receiving the 2019 World Affairs Challenge Leadership Award for her outstanding work. Kathia and her students worked collaboratively with a team from Costa Rica to develop a project to provide educational equality through mobile libraries in Latin America. Despite technology challenges, school strikes and language barriers they demostrated great teamwork. The Costa Rica team stayed with Kathia in Colorado Springs after their stay in Denver and they are now making plans to go to Costa Rica to implement their project.

Congratulations to Kathia Molina, high school teacher from Harrison School in Colorado Springs for receiving the 2019 World Affairs Challenge Leadership Award for her outstanding work. Kathia and her students worked collaboratively with a team from Costa Rica to develop a project to provide educational equality through mobile libraries in Latin America. Despite technology challenges, school strikes and language barriers they demostrated great teamwork. The Costa Rica team stayed with Kathia in Colorado Springs after their stay in Denver and they are now making plans to go to Costa Rica to implement their project.


WE WOULD LOVE YOUR FEEDBACK!

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

MIDDLE SCHOOLS

Evergreen Country Day School

Falcon Middle School

Denver Discovery School

Mackintosh Academy - Boulder

Mackintosh Academy - Littleton

Hulstrom K8

St. Mary's Academy

McAuliffe International School

Horizons K-8 School

HIGH SCHOOLS

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

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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 info@worldaffairschallenge.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 info@worldaffairschallenge.org. 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
info@worldaffairschallenge.org


NEXT WAC: MARCH 14, 2020

Auraria Campus | Tivoli Turnhalle | DeNVER, CO

REGISTRATION OPENS SEPTEMBER 2019

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