MINNEAPOLIS, MARCH 14, 2024 – Students from Mounds View High School won last night’s statewide global knowledge competition, Academic WorldQuest. Over 30 high school teams from across Minnesota participated in the competition at Mall of America. Local nonprofit Global Minnesota hosted this annual competition that challenged high school students to think globally about critical issues facing the U.S. and the world.

“Last night, over 120 of Minnesota’s most globally-minded students demonstrated an amazing wealth of knowledge about important international topics and world events. Teams from across the entire state brought excitement, camaraderie, and team spirit to this event.”

Phil Hansen, Global Minnesota President

This high-energy global knowledge competition rivaled any high school basketball tournament for its excitement and enthusiasm. Thirty high-school teams of four students each answered a series of multiple-choice questions on international topics including NATO, Sports Diplomacy, Current Events, and International Fun Facts. Teams joined from across Minnesota, with the Edina High School and Grand Rapids High School teams taking second and third place respectively. Mayo High School was awarded the “Team Spirit” award for their “Monkey Business” theme featuring students dressed as bananas, monkeys, and a businessperson with a suitcase of bananas. The students from Mounds View will advance to the national tournament and win an all-expense paid trip to Washington, D.C. in April. Listen to their interview on WCCO Radio here.

See the full standings here.

2024 Competition Photos

Mounds View High School Team A Won First Place
Edina Team A Won Second Place
Grand Rapids Team B Won Third Place
Mayo High School Team A Won Best Team Spirit