Competition History

The Carlos and MalĂș Alvarez Academic WorldQuest National Competition Details

The Carlos and Malú Alvarez Academic WorldQuest National Competition honors the tremendous dedication and philanthropic support of WACA National Board member Carlos Alvarez and his wife Malú to our flagship program and the Academic WorldQuest Endowment Fund. The national competition is attended by more than 250 of the nation's most promising high school students, along with their parents, teachers, and chaperones. The 5-hour AWQ competition is a unique opportunity for many students to visit the nation's capital for the first time.

2019 Competition Information

Winners and Prizes

First Place: Jasper High School – World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth
Pranav Pattatathunaduvil, Renee Li, Adithya Karthik, and Michelle Ma
An all-expenses-paid Study Tour to Doha, Qatar - joined by the 10 winners of the WACA 2019 Qatar Essay & Video Contest and two WACA representatives.

Second Place: duPont Manual High School – World Affairs Council of Kentucky and Southern Indiana
Aditya Mehta, Agharnan Gandhi, Andrew Smith, and Jackson Arnold

Third Place: Mount Academy – World Affairs Council of the Mid-Hudson Valley
Alec Koppschall, Karilyn Domer, Kent Thomson, and Heidi Keiderling

2019 AWQ First Place Team  2019 AWQ Second Place Team  2019 AWQ Third Place Team

Competition Details

A welcome reception was held on Friday, April 26, at the Qatar-America Institute. Photos available here.

2019 AWQ Reception    2019 AWQ Reception    2019 AWQ Reception

The Carlos and Malú Alvarez 2019 Academic WorldQuest National Competition was held on Saturday, April 27, at the United States Institute of Peace in Washington, DC. Photos available here and here.

Council VIPs for the 2019 AWQ National Competition were:

Click here to see the questions and answers for this year's National Competition.

Thank you to our sponsors: The Embassy of the State of QatarThe Gambrinus CompanyThe United States Institute of PeaceJohnson+Sterling, the Foreign Policy AssociationSasakawa Peace Foundation USA, Carnegie Corporation of New York, Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany, and NATO.    

2018-2019 AWQ Topics

  • Country in Focus: Qatar
  • How to Deal With North Korea
  • Global Refugee and Migration Crisis
  • #WeAreNATO - The Alliance at 70
  • Great Decisions
    • Waning of Pax Americana?
    • Russia's Foreign Policy
    • China's Geopolitics
    • Media and Foreign Policy
    • Turkey: Partner in Crisis
    • U.S. Global Engagement and the Military
    • South Africa's Fragile Democracy
    • Global Health Issues
  • Japan-U.S. Relations
  • Space Policy
  • World Trade Organization (WTO)
  • Bridging Divides to Build Peace
  • Current Events

 

2018 Competition Information 

Winners and Prizes

First place: Plano West Senior High School - World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth
Richard Guo, Sandipan Nath, Cindy Hao, and Christina Lu
Microsoft® Surface Book 2 HN4-00001 13.5" 2-In-1 Laptop

Watch the Dallas/Fort Worth NBC channel's story on the winning team!

Second place: Palm Desert High School - World Affairs Council of the Desert
Matthew Chang, Patricia Dan, Danielle Hjerpe, and Joshua Phillips
Dell XPS 13" 2-in-1 laptops

Third place: Indian Hill High School - World Affairs Council of Cincinnati & Northern Kentucky
Mark Kholodenko, Llyona Lallement, Radu Dragomirescu, and Asher Weinstein

Competition Details 

A welcome reception was held on Friday, April 27, at the United States Institute of Peace. Photos available here and here.

The Carlos and Malú Alvarez 2018 Academic WorldQuest National Competition was held on Saturday, April 28, at the National Press Club in Washington, DC.

Council VIPs for the 2018 AWQ National Competition were:

Click here to see the questions and answers for this year's National Competition.

Thank you to our sponsors: The Gambrinus CompanyThe United States Institute of PeaceJohnson+Sterling, the Foreign Policy Association, and Sasakawa Peace Foundation USA.

2017-2018 AWQ Topics

  • NAFTA
  • ASEAN at 50
  • India's Bid for Global Power
  • Combating Climate Change
  • Cybersecurity
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Great Decisions
    • The Future of Europe
    • Trade and Politics
    • Conflict in the South China Sea
    • Saudi Arabia in Transition
    • U.S. Foreign Policy and Petroleum
    • Latin America's Political Pendulum
    • Prospects for Afghanistan and Pakistan
    • Nuclear Security
  • The Peacebuilding Toolkit
  • America's Diplomats
  • Current Events

 

2017 Competition Information

Winners and Prizes

First Place: Plano West Senior High School - World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth
Christina Lu, Richard Guo, Cindy Hao, and Sandipan Nath
$3,000 Scholarship for each student towards CIEE Summer Study Abroad Program

Second Place: Millburn High School - International Center of the Capital Region
Danny Rosen, Isaac Kamber, Victoria Mak, and Katherine Tai
$2,000 Scholarship for each student towards CIEE Summer Study Abroad Program

Third Place: duPont Manual High School - World Affairs Council of Kentucky and Southern Indiana
Mark Raj, Agharnan Gandhi, Abilash Thout, and Aditya Mehta

Competition Details

A welcome reception on Friday, April 28, was held at the United States Institute of Peace. Photos available here Album 1 and Album 2. Check out guest speaker Omar El Aawar's well-received presentation entitled "My Story." El Aawar is the founder of INSPIRING ARABS and an AWQ 2015 Alum.

The Carlos and Malú Alvarez 2017 Academic WorldQuest National Competition was held on Saturday, April 29, at the National Press Club in Washington, DC.

Council VIPs for the 2017 AWQ National Competition were:

Click here to see the questions and answers for this year's National Competition.

Thank you to our sponsors: The Gambrinus CompanyThe United States Institute of PeaceJohnson+SterlingCouncil on International Educational Exchange (CIEE)Sultan Qaboos Cultural Center, and Association of Professional School of International Affairs.

2016-2017 AWQ Topics

  • Global Megacities 
  • Great Decisions
    • Middle East Alliances
    • The Rise of ISIS
    • The Future of Kurdistan
    • Migration
    • The Koreas
    • The United Nations
    • Climate Change
    • Cuba and the U.S.
  • Peace and Conflict in Today's World
  • Current Events
  • European Union 
  • Countering Violent Extremism
  • Turkey
  • Combatting Infectious Disease
  • China
  • Women in Technology
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