Are You Smarter Than an AC Student?

Posted on March 20th, 2018 by Allendale Columbia School

by Ted Hunt

How is your knowledge of current events? Take our 2018 Current Events Test, and measure your results. Even though you’re downloading the test on a connected device, you may not consult any sources other than your own memory while you take the test.

2018 Current Events
Test Questions (PDF)
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2018 Current Events Test
2018 Current Events
Answer Sheet (PDF)
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2018 Current Events Answer-Sheet (PDF)
2018 Current Events
Answer Key
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2018 Current Events Answer-Sheet (PDF)

When I arrived in 1982, the History Department gave the students a current events test manufactured by Time Magazine that basically tested how well someone had read the magazine the previous year. At a department meeting that year, I suggested that I thought that we could make a much better test ourselves, and, beginning the ’83-’84 school year, we did just that. We began giving out awards and putting kids’ names on a plaque a year or two later (the original plaque on the wall in the Connector has the record of when we began announcing the all-school winner).


This year’s overall winner was, once again, senior Nathan Yax with a score of 98, his record third win in a row. Here are the other high scores in each grade:

Grade 6
Jeffrey Meehan-66
Caitlin Vella-60
Gabby Harper-57
Grade 9
Garrett Wilson-89
Adrian Fuller-78
Ryan Mogauro-75
Grade 7
Tommy Duver-67
Ellie Feindel-60 (tie)
Josh Nozik-60 (tie)
Salvatore Timpani-58
Grade 10
Henry Nicosia-87
Dylan Reece-84
Daniel Saedi-75
Grade 8
Keira Donnelly-72
Margot Queenan-68
Hafsah Ziauddin-66
Grade 11
Nate Pifer-85
Tristan Nicosia-81
Nicole Filipi-76
Grade 12
J.T. Coupal-90
James Bourtis-85
Emily Atieh-84 (tie)
Connor Surkau-Parkinson-84

Over the years, there has been a pattern that most grade winners, as well as the overall winner in the school, have been male. We had a female overall winner in 1987, and then went 15+ years until our next female winner. For years, we dissected the potential reasons for this disparity without coming up with any real conclusions. A few years ago we had a stretch of about three straight years when the overall school winner was a female, but recently we’ve been back to boys.

The History Department’s philosophy always included language about how the study of history was in part designed to provide students with a window through which to examine and understand the contemporary world, so we have always believed that we should encourage students to stay informed about current events, and the test hopefully provides that motivation for at least some students. (I put extra credit questions about current events on all of my U.S. History tests for the same reason.)

How did you do? Are you smarter than an AC student?

Ted Hunt

Ted Hunt

Ted has been teaching since he graduated from Dartmouth College in 1977. He spent his first few years teaching at Vermont Academy, a boarding school in Saxtons River, Vermont. Upon leaving the academy in 1982, Ted joined Allendale Columbia as a history teacher. He teaches history and economics to eleventh and twelfth graders, and he was the recipient of the Gleason Chair in Teaching Excellence in 1998. Ted is also the HAC Varsity Soccer Coach.
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