What is it? Academic WorldQuest™ is a fun, friendly, and powerful team-based knowledge competition designed for high school students keen to learn about international affairs. This flagship program involves both our CWAC locally sponsored AWQ contest as well as the AWQ championship in the nation's capital. Students, with teacher guidance, need to be prepared for the increasingly interconnected and complex world of the 21st century and Academic WorldQuest lets them show what they know!
Originating as a global trivia contest created by the World Affairs Council of Charlotte, Academic WorldQuest has been developed by the World Affairs Councils of America as a flagship youth education program, now in its 19th year. WACA has expanded the program to some 50 Councils that host local AWQ competitions annually that engage nearly 5,000 high school students nationwide. The program culminates in the Carlos and Malú Alvarez Academic WorldQuest National Competition in the spring in Washington, DC.
Prepare yourselves for the increasingly interconnected and complex world of the 21st century and show what you know!
Purpose Preparing the next generation of leaders, scholars, and decision-makers to thrive in a complex and rapidly changing world - where our national interests are intertwined with the global community - is one of the greatest challenges facing our country. It requires a renewed enthusiasm for global studies in our high schools. Too many American students today fall behind their counterparts from other countries in their knowledge and understanding of world history, geography, and current international events.
The mission of Academic WorldQuest is to close the gap.
Participation The Columbia World Affairs Council invites you and your high school to be a part of the2020 Academic WorldQuest competition. Last year, we had teams from Ridge View and Heathwood high schools compete, with Ridge View High School taking the gold to Washington, DC! We are excited about this year’s competition and we want you and your students to be a part of it!
Teams consist of four students plus alternates who are passionate about current international politics, geography, global economics, history, and world cultures. Typically, teams prepare in an after-school setting over the course of several months.
Do you think your high school has what it takes to become the CWAC’s 2020 Academic WorldQuest champions?
For more information and to register a team, please contact: Dickson Monk Executive Director Columbia World Affairs Council Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Phone: 803.252.2197.
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AWQ Study Guide and Topics The World Affairs Councils of America’s AWQ 2019-2020 Official Study Guide is the primary resource to help you and your students prepare for the topics covered in the timed question-and-answer AWQ local competition hosted CWAC. Here is the official AWQ 2019-2020 Study Guide!
The AWQ Study Guide is also an essential resource for the Carlos and Malú Alvarez Academic WorldQuest National Competition, hosted by WACA April 24-25, 2020 in Washington, DC. Winning teams are invited to represent their high school, city, and local Council at the national AWQ championship weekend, which includes the competition, unique programming planned to enhance the global education experience, and an opportunity to meet and engage with more than 200 like-minded peers from around the United States.
AWQ 2019-2020 Topics U.S.-Russia Relations Country in Focus: South Korea Preventing Extremism in Fragile States Oceans: The World's Garbage Dump Great Decisions Brexit and the EU China's Belt & Road Initiative Germany: 30 Years After the Fall of the Berlin Wall Qatar and the Future of the Gulf Cooperation Council Current Events
Event Details The World Affairs Councils of America will host the Carlos and Malu Alvarez 2020 Academic WorldQuest National Competition in Washington DC begins with a Welcome Reception on Friday, April 24. followed by the competition on Saturday, April 25.
The national competition is attended by 200-225 of the nation's most promising high school students each year, along with their parents, teachers, and chaperones. The 4-hour AWQ competition is a unique opportunity for students to visit the nation's capital, perhaps for the first time. A weekend of substantive programming is included to enhance the experience. See highlights from last year's Academic WorldQuest!