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.
Connect with us! Tag us, @WACAmerica, and use our hashtag, #AWQ2019, to engage with us on social media.
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.
All 2019 Winners:
First Place: Jasper High School – WAC Dallas/Fort Worth
Adithya Karthik, Michelle Ma, Pranav Pattatathunaduvil, and Renee Li
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 and two 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
September 17, 2018
AWQ Official Study Guide Release
October 10, 2018
AWQ Pledge Form Due
November 9, 2018
Local Competition Questions Released
November 19, 2018
National Competition Registration Opens
January 22, 2019
National Competition Registration Closes
March 22, 2019
Hotel Block Deadline
April 4, 2019
April 26, 2019
2019 AWQ Championship at USIP
April 27, 2019