Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Stanton Academic Team Wins World Affairs Council Contest

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Stanton Academic Team Wins World Affairs Council Contest

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The old adage "two heads are better than one" rang true recently when six students from Stanton College Preparatory School won an academic contest sponsored by the World Affairs Council of Jacksonville.

The students compiled their collective knowledge to win the local Academic WorldQuest academic competition, allowing them to represent the World Affairs Council of Jacksonville at the national competition in Washington in the spring.

Students from high schools in Duval, Clay, Nassau and St. Johns counties participated in the competition, which was designed to promote interest in the world beyond U.S. borders. The World Affairs Council of Jacksonville is a non-profit, non-partisan citizen forum and educational organization whose mission is to promote understanding of the world and its people, enabling citizens to become informed participants in the global community.

Frank Bunton, Stanton International Baccalaureate history and Advanced Placement history teacher, had two weeks to pull together a team after learning about the event.

"We sent out a notice to anyone who wanted to compete and we received enough interest for three teams," he says. They were only allowed to take two teams.

The winning team was made up of junior Jenny Jiang from the Southside, junior Samantha Perera of Arlington, senior Daron Sharps of Fernandina Beach, senior Darin Carabenciov from the Southside, senior Teddy Weisman of Arlington and senior Sarah Bellemare from East Arlington. All the competing students are in the International Baccalaureate program at Stanton.

The students had little time to actually study for the competition, although their preparation was a culmination of everything they had learned in school.

"We're all in [the educational seminar] Great Decisions," Jiang said, "so we already talk about a lot of world issues. We didn't really study from any books or anything to prepare for this. We just went in cold and just showed up."

Weisman used Internet news sites "to see what was going on in the world currently." Jiang reads the newspaper daily. …

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