The World Affairs Councils of America’s flagship youth education program is a fun, fast-paced team competition for high school students. Academic WorldQuest tests players’ knowledge of current international politics, geography, global economics, history, and world cultures.
Some 50 World Affairs Councils hold local AWQ competitions for high school students in their communities. Since 2003, winning teams have traveled to Washington, DC every April to vie for the national championship.
The Carlos and Malú Alvarez Academic WorldQuest National Competition is made possible by sponsors and sustained by our AWQ Endowment. To become a sponsor, please contact WACA by phone at 202-833-4557 or email email@example.com.
A hearty CONGRATULATIONS to all local Council Academic WorldQuest Competition winners! Please see a full list here of all winning teams that attended WACA’s National Competition.
A heartfelt thank you to all students, teachers, parents, and other participants who made the Carlos and Malú Alvarez 2019 Academic WorldQuest National Competition a great success!
Special thanks also to all of our sponsors, including the Qatar-America Institute, for hosting a beautiful welcome reception for all students and chaperones, and the United States Institute of Peace for being a wonderful host for this year's Competition.
Click here to read the official WACA press release.
First Place: Jasper High School – WAC Dallas/Fort Worth
WACA President and CEO Bill Clifford, Pranav Pattatathunaduvil, Renee Li, Adithya Karthik, Michelle Ma, and Fatema Al-Baker
At the close of the competition, Fatema Al-Baker, Public Diplomacy Coordinator at the Embassy of the State of Qatar, congratulated all AWQ participants and presented the championship team with an unprecedented AWQ Prize: an all-expenses-paid Study Tour to Doha, Qatar, on June 21-27, 2019. The four members of the winning team and their teacher will be joined by the 10 winners of the WACA 2019 Qatar Essay & Video Contest, WACA's Chief Operating Officer Liz Brailsford, and two additional WACA representatives.
Aditya Mehta, Agharnan Gandhi, Andrew Smith, and Jackson Arnold
Alec Koppschall, Karilyn Domer, Kent Thomson, and Heidi Keiderling
All AWQ students and chaperones enjoyed a welcome reception at the Qatar-America Institute (QAI). WACA would like to thank our partners at QAI for opening their doors to us and helping to educate the students on Qatari culture and programs. There were multiple activities throughout the venue, and students could fill out a "passport" booklet checking off each station they visited. Completed booklets were entered into a raffle for prizes courtesy of WACA and QAI.
WACA would like to extend a big thank you to Dr. Hamad Al-Muftah, Deputy Chief of Mission from the Embassy of the State of Qatar in the United States, for speaking at the reception and engaging with the students, chaperones, and special guests.
Friday, April 26
Time: 12:00 - 3:00 pm
Time: 4:00 - 6:00 pm
Transportation: DC Metro, Uber/Lyft, Taxis
Light refreshments will be served
Saturday, April 27
Time: 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Transportation: Buses will pick up at 8:00am sharp! from the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel
There will be no buses from USIP back to the hotel after the competition is over.
Any teams that have not registered by this point may do so at the beginning of the competition.
A special thanks to this year's AWQ Presenting Sponsor: the Embassy of the State of Qatar; the Friday evening Welcome Reception host Qatar-America Institute; and the Academic WorldQuest National Competition host United States Institute of Peace. We would also like to thank all of our other sponsors pictured below.
We are so excited to welcome all students and chaperones to our nation's capital, and we look forward to a great competition that is sure to be fun, challenging, and rewarding!
AWQ Topics Announced
AWQ Official Study Guide Release
AWQ Pledge Form Due
Local Competition Questions Released
National Competition Registration Opens
National Competition Registration Closes
Hotel Block Deadline
April 2, 2020
April 24, 2020
2020 AWQ Championship at USIP
April 25, 2020
The Westin D.C. City Center
April 23-25, 2020
1400 M St. NW