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Academic WorldQuest 2014-2015


2014-2015 Topics

  • Russia / Eurasia
  • Youth, Jobs, and Social Unrest
  • Food and Water
  • Future of Energy
  • Africa Rising
  • Human Trafficking
  • Asia and the New Global Economy
  • Millennium Development Goals: 2015 and Beyond
  • Great Decisions
  • Current Events

Study Guide

About Academic WorldQuest

Rule Change
In the past, all ten question rounds featured a multiple-choice format. This year, the Current Events round in the National Competition will include fill-in-the-blank, true/false, and open-ended questions. All other rounds will remain multiple-choice.

National Competition
The World Affairs Councils of America is proud to present the winners of the 2015 Academic WorldQuest National Competition! The following three teams scored highest among the 44 teams that participated on Saturday, April 25:  

First Place
DuPont Manual High School
World Affairs Council of Kentucky and Southern Indiana
  Matthew Raj, Nivedita Khandkar, Shravan Ravishankar, and Madan A. Subheeswar pictured with Bill Clifford,
President and CEO of the World Affairs Councils of America
  

$2500 Scholarship for each student towards 
CIEE Summer Study Abroad Program 

 

Second Place
Keystone School
World Affairs Council of San Antonio
Emily Ye, Katie Mansfield, Chris Zhu, and Nabil Kapasi
 pictured with Bill Clifford 

$1000 Scholarship for each student towards 
CIEE Summer Study Abroad Program

 

 
Third Place
Shepton High School
World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth
 Noah Schochet, Ankit Reddy, Inan Sinha, and Sharon Jiang
 pictured with Bill Clifford 

Thank you to our sponsors NATO, Johnson+Sterling, ICI Education Foundation, Carlson and the Carlson Family Foundation, CIEE, and to the Delegation of the European Union to the United States and EU Ambassador David O'Sullivan, our embassy reception host. 

Last but not least, Academic WorldQuest would not be possible without the hard work and dedication of students, teachers, parents, chaperones, and all World Affairs Council staff and volunteers across the country. Thank YOU for helping to make the 2015 Academic WorldQuest National Competition a great success.

Click here to see the questions and answers for this year's national competition.  
 

Local Competitions and Winners

November 11, 2014: World Affairs Council of St. Louis 

Winner: Chaminade College Preparatory School

November 12, 2014: World Affairs Council of Charlotte 

Winner: Myers Park High School

November 12, 2014: World Affairs Council of Jacksonville

Winner: Stanton College Preparatory School

November 12, 2014: International Institute of Buffalo

Winner: Hamburg High School

November 15, 2014: Peoria Area World Affairs Council

Winners: Peoria Area High School Team

November 22, 2014: Pacific and Asian Affairs Council

Winner: Punahou School

December 11, 2014: World Affairs Council of the Desert

Winner: Palm Desert High School

January 13, 2015: World Affairs Council of Greater Reading

Winner: Oley Valley High School

January 31, 2015: Greater Cincinnati World Affairs Council 

Winner: Indian Hill High School

February 4, 2015: Minnesota International Center

Winner: St. Paul Academy and Summit School

February 4, 2015: World Affairs Council of Maine 

Winner: Lake Region High School

February 7, 2015: Alaska World Affairs Council

Winner: Service High School 

February 7, 2015: World Affairs Council of Kentucky and Southern Indiana

Winner: DuPont Manual High School

February 7, 2015: World Affairs Council of Atlanta

Winner: Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science, and Technology

February 7, 2015: World Affairs Council of Las Vegas

Winner: West Career and Technical Academy

February 7, 2015: World Affairs Council of Orange County

Winner: Irvine High School 

February 7, 2015: World Affairs Council of Wilmington 

Winner: Concord High School

February 7, 2015: Northern Nevada International Center

Winner: Mcqueen High School

February 7, 2015: World Affairs Council of Austin

Winner: Liberal Arts Science Academy High School 

February 9, 2015: Dayton Council on World Affairs

Winner: Dayton Regional STEM School 

February 14, 2015: San Diego World Affairs Council

Winner: Canyon Crest Academy 

February 17, 2015: Colorado Foothills World Affairs Council 

Winner: Golden High School

February 21, 2015: Colorado Springs

Winner: Rampart High School

February 24, 2015: Montana World Affairs Council

Winner: Hellgate High School 

February 24, 2015: International Affairs Forum of Traverse City Michigan 

Winner: Traverse City Central High School 

February 24, 2015: World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh

Winner: Upper St. Clair High School

February 28, 2015: Indiana Council on World Affairs

Winner: Warren Central High School

February 28, 2015: World Affairs Council of Palm Beach

Winner: St. Edward's Upper School 

March 4, 2015: World Affairs Council of San Antonio 

Winner: Keystone School

March 4, 2015: World Affairs Council of Houston 

Winner: Dulles High School

March 7, 2015: World Affairs Council of Hilton Head (SC)

Winner: Beaufort High School

March 7, 2015: World Affairs Council Mid-Hudson Valley

Winner: Roy C. Ketcham High School

March 7, 2015: World Affairs Council of New Hampshire

Winner: Souhegan High School

March 7, 2015: World Affairs Council of Western North Carolina  

Winner: Asheville High School

March 14, 2015: World Affairs Council of Harrisburg

Winner: Harrisburg Academy

March 14, 2015: World Affairs Council - Washington D.C.

Winner: School Without Walls 

March 20, 2015: World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth

Winner: Shepton High School

March 21, 2015: International Center of the Capital Region

Winner: Millburn High School

March 28, 2015: International Relations Council

Winner: Rockhurst High School

March 28, 2015: Naples Council on World Affairs

Winner: Barron Collier High School

March 28, 2015: WorldBoston

 Winner: Wellesley High School

Common Core Standards
Academic WorldQuest contributes to the national Common Core State Standards Initiative by fostering reading comprehension skills for informational text.

Council Information
Pledge a Team Now
To confirm your council's participation in Academic WorldQuest, please fill out and submit this Pledge Form by October 31, 2014.

Outreach Materials
Please use these flyers to promote the program to teachers, students, and sponsors.

Teachers Guide and Flyer

Local Competition Questions
A full set of questions will be available to local councils by mid-October. Indicate your interest in these questions by submitting your Pledge Form.

As stated above, The national competition will now include alternative formats in the Current Events round of questions. The questions we provide for local competitions, however, will remain fully multiple-choice. Councils are welcome to assess their capacity to adjust their local competition for this year or to continue with the multiple-choice only model.

Great Decisions
The Foreign Policy Association will provide each participating Council six complimentary copies of the 2014 Great Decisions Briefing Book. Indicate your request for these free copies by submitting your Pledge Form. Additional copies for use in Academic WorldQuest are available at a 60% discount and may be purchased directly from the Foreign Policy Association.

2013-2014 Program Information

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1918 Society Members

Carlson & The Carlson Family Foundation

Carnegie Corporation of New York

Chevron

The Claremont Group

The Coca-Cola Company

Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE) 

DailyChatter

Delegation of the European Union to the United States

Eden Hall Foundation

ExxonMobil

Foreign Policy Association

The Gambrinus Company

Global Ties U.S.

Goldman Sachs

Google

The Holmes Organisation

Johnson + Sterling

Mr. Michael Phillip

NATO

Orbital ATK

Rational Middle Energy Series

Raytheon

Rosetta Stone

Shell

Sultan Qaboos Cultural Center  

Thomson Reuters

Tomassian, Throckmorton & Inouye LLP

Turkish Cultural Foundation

UPS