Eman School students advance to nationals


Two student teams from Eman School in Fishers recently competed at the State of Indiana Academic Worldquest Competition.

On Feb. 23, one of the two teams finished first out of 16 and will compete at the national level through the April 24-25 World Affairs Council of America.

Eman School is a private Islamic school where students attend classes in Arabic, Islamic Studies and the Quran.

“We’re accredited through the state of Indiana, so we have to do everything public schools do,” Principal Mia Sankari said. “But we also teach Islamic curriculum.”

Academic Worldquest Competition is a current affairs-type quiz bowl.

“The event is about current affairs going on in the world but also about policies made within the last year or so,” Sankari said.

The students were given a list of topics in September 2019 and spent next five months studying and reviewing to prepare. Topics are chosen by the World Affairs Council of America and based on the most relevant global issues of that year.

“This year, the topics included U.S./Russia Relations, Brexit, Germany: 30 Years After the Fall of the Berlin Wall, Preventing Extremism in Fragile States and Oceans: The World’s Garbage Dump,” Sankari said. “These are just a few of the topics. The kids spend a lot of time learning about the issues.”

Members of the winning team are senior Mozen Mertami, junior Omar Alhaffar, junior Iman Masood and sophomore Safiya Sankari.

“To see the kids do so well after only participating for the last few years is great,” said Tabby McClain, a science and biology teacher at the school. “As their teacher representative, I’ve just offered encouragement and support. They’ve done all the work themselves. They’re very excited to move on to the national level.”

Topics are the same at the national level but new questions will be posed.

For more, visit emanschool.net/LYLZQ.

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