AWQ Competition History (2010-2003)

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.

2010 Competition Information

Winners and Prizes

First Place: duPont Manual High School - World Affairs Council of Cincinnati & Northern Kentucky
Brendan Croom, Evan Hollander, John Tamplin, and Vishnu Kadiyala
$1,000 scholarship

Second Place: J.R. Masterman High School - World Affairs Council of Philadelphia
Alba Baze, Kathleen McCarthy, Kirsten Lau, and Suneeta Kartha

Third Place:
 North Buncombe High School - World Affairs Council of Western North Carolina
Dylan Peifer, Jose Maldonado, Kelsey Keller, and Tyler Jacon

Competition Details

A welcome reception on Friday, April 23, was held at The George Washington University's Elliott School of International Affairs.

The 2010 Academic WorldQuest National Competition was held on Saturday, April 24, at the National Press Club in Washington, DC followed by a dinner reception at the National 4H Youth Conference Center featuring a West African dance performance by the Coyaba Dance Theater Company.

WACA provided the students with a tour and panel presentation on genocide at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum on Sunday, April 25

Council VIPs for the 2010 AWQ National Competition were:

  • Emcee: Marie Price, GWU
  • Emcee: Ted Kelly, Journalist
  • Opening Remarks: H.E. Hunaina Sultan Ahmed Al Mughairy, Embassy of the Sultanate of Oman to the U.S. 

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

Thank you to our sponsors: Exxon MobilSultan Qaboos Cultural Center, and The George Washington University's Elliott School of International Affairs. 

2009-2010 AWQ Topics

  • Oman
  • Migration
  • Genocide
  • Pandemics
  • Great Decisions
    • The U.S. and Rising Powers
    • Afghanistan and Pakistan
    • Energy and the Global Economy
    • The Arctic Age
    • Egypt: Key Ally in the Middle East
    • Global Food Crisis
    • Cuba on the Verge
    • Human Rights in a New Era: Wars for Peace?
  • World Music
  • World Cup
  • Food Production
  • Current Events
  • Islands of the Caribbean

2009 Competition Information

Winners and Prizes

First Place: duPont Manual High School - World Affairs Council of Cincinnati & Northern Kentucky
Brendan Croom, Evan Hollander, John Tamplin, and Vishnu Kadiyala
Scholarship check

Second Place: J.R. Masterman High School - World Affairs Council of Philadelphia
Alba Baze, Christopher Carroll, Marisa McGarry, and Suneeta Kartha
Scholarship check

Third Place: Plano West Senior High School - World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth
Curtis Feronti, Evan Hadfield, Evan Rosenfield, and Shravik Sethi
Scholarship check

Fourth Place: Billings Skyview - Montana World Affairs Council
Amanda Zellar, Anders Landgren, Lance Pedersen, and Laramy Ayers
Scholarship check

Fifth Place: Ronald Reagan High School - World Affairs Council of San Antonio
Clayton Condie, Daanish Zaidi, Margaret Giltner, and Michael Mancini
Scholarship check

Competition Details

A welcome reception on Friday, April 3, was held at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center.

The 2009 Academic WorldQuest National Competition was held on Saturday, April 4, at the National Press Club in Washington, DC followed by a dinner reception at The Renaissance Hotel featuring featuring remarks from Georg Schulze Zumkley, Deputy Director of the German Information Center USA.

Council VIPs for the 2009 AWQ National Competition were:

  • Emcee: Marie Price, GWU
  • Emcee: Ted Kelly, Journalist
  • Opening Remarks: H.E. Hunaina Sultan Ahmed Al Mughairy, Embassy of the Sultanate of Oman to the U.S. 

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

Thank you to our sponsors: Exxon MobilMichael Maibach and the Maibach FoundationGerman Information Center USA, and Naples Council on World Affairs.

2008-2009 AWQ Topics

  • Population Issues in Developing Countries
  • Water
  • Alternative Fuels
  • Biotechnology and Genetics
  • Connectivity
  • Globalization
  • Transnational Crime
  • Great Decisions
    • Iraq
    • The EU at 50
    • Blacklisting the Enemy
    • Russia
    • U.S. Defense Policy
    • Latin America
    • U.S.-China Economic Relations
    • Foreign Aid and Philanthropy
  • Current Events
  • Germany

2008 Competition Information

Winners and Prizes

First Place: NC School of Science and Math - International Affairs Council of Raleigh
Jeremy Merrill, Mikal Drye, William Furr, and Zachary DeLarosa
$1,000 from the Maibach Foundation

Second Place: Oley Valley High School - World Affairs Council of Greater Reading
AJ Mell, Amanda Swartz, Bryan Shearer, and Kate Kemmerer
$500 from the Maibach Foundation

Third Place: duPont Manual High School - World Affairs Council of Kentucky and Southern Indiana
Nathan Nash, Sean Fitzpatrick, Sean Healey, and Will Tamplin
$250 from the Maibach Foundation

Fourth Place: Charter School of Wilmington - World Affairs Council of Wilimington
Henry Gorman, Judson Kempton, Neeraj Vijay, and Rajarajan Vel
$150 from the Maibach Foundation

Fifth Place: Scarsdale High School - World Affairs Forum (Stamford)
David Berke, Jason Goodman, Reid Bagwell, and Sam Roth
$100 from the Maibach Foundation

Competition Details

A welcome reception on Friday, April 4, was held at the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

The 2008 Academic WorldQuest National Competition was held on Saturday, April 5, at the National Association of Home Builders in Washington, DC followed by a dinner reception at The Hyatt Regency with remarks from Ambassador (ret.) Ronald Neumann, President of the American Academy of Diplomacy.

Council VIPs for the 2008 AWQ National Competition were:

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

Thank you to our sponsors: Exxon MobilMichael Maibach and the Maibach FoundationAmerican Society of International Law, The People Speak, and Naples Council on World Affairs.

2007-2008 AWQ Topics

  • Countries
  • Current Events
  • People in the News
  • Great Decisions
    • Middle East
    • Climate
    • Mexico
    • Migration
    • South Africa
    • War Crimes
    • Central Asia
    • Children
  • Flags
  • East Asia
  • Organization of American States
  • Elections
  • International Migration
  • UN Peacekeeping Operations

2007 Competition Information

Winners and Prizes

First Place: Daniel Hand High School - World Affairs Forum (Stamford)
Alex Taubes, John Zhang, Laura Bomke, and Nick Gonsalves 
$1,000 from the Maibach Foundation

Second Place: Hellgate High School - Montana World Affairs Council
Chase Maxwell, Joel Dalenberg, John Marks, and Hannah Rolston
$500 from the Maibach Foundation

Third Place: Saint Andrew's School - World Affairs Council of Palm Beach
Kevin McGinnis, Grant Dubler, James Sunshine, and Daniel Reilly
$250 from the Maibach Foundation

Fourth Place: Raleigh Charter School - International Affairs Council of Raleigh
Gautam Sanka, John Eick, Katie Huddleston, and Josh Sokol
$150 from the Maibach Foundation

Fifth Place: Charter School of Wilmington - World Affairs Council of Wilimington
Robert Poirier, Henry Gorman, Jordan Leitner, and Neeraj Vijay
$100 from the Maibach Foundation

Competition Details

A welcome reception on Friday, March 23, was held at the L'Enfant Plaza Hotel.

The 2007 Academic WorldQuest National Competition was held on Saturday, March 24, at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center in Washington, DC followed by a dinner reception at the Center for Strategic and International Studies with remarks from Ambassador James Jones, Co-Chairman of Manatt Jones Global Strategies.

Council VIPs for the 2007 AWQ National Competition were:

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

Thank you to our sponsors: Exxon MobilMichael Maibach and the Maibach FoundationMerrill LynchCoca-Cola, and McGraw Hill.

2006-2007 AWQ Topics

  • International Financial Organizations
  • Global Marketplace: Cars, Tech, and Pills
  • The Arab-Israeli Conflict
  • The Geography of Africa
  • Great Decisions
    • UN Reform
    • Brazil
    • Human Rights in the Age of Terrorism
    • The U.S. and Iran
    • Global Health Pandemics and Security
    • Turkey
    • Energy Resources
    • China and India: Partners of Competitors
  • Countries
  • Current Events
  • People in the News
  • The Space Age
  • International Humanitarian Organizations

2006 Competition Information

Winners and Prizes

First Place: Thomas Jefferson HSST - World Affairs Council of DC
Lily Young, Natalia Lerner, Scott Ylinen, and Vikram Rao

Second Place: Raleigh Charter School - International Affairs Council of Raleigh
Andrew Zonderman, Katie Huddleston, Scott Hermann, and Will Schultz

Third Place: Bellaire High School - World Affairs Council of Greater Houston
Anand Habib, Danila Kabotyanski, Kyle Bean, and Will Flaherty

Competition Details

A welcome reception on Friday, March 31, was held at the L'Enfant Plaza Hotel with remarks from David Sadoff, Executive Office of the President.

The 2006 Academic WorldQuest National Competition was held on Saturday, April 1, at the L'Enfant Plaza Hotel in Washington, DC followed by a dinner reception at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center.

Council VIPs for the 2006 AWQ National Competition were:

  • Emcee: John Donvan, ABC News

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

Thank you to our sponsors: The Claremont GroupForeign Policy AssociationKaiser Family Foundation, and The New York Times Knowledge Network.

2005-2006 AWQ Topics

  • Countries
  • Famous Landmarks and Monuments
  • People in the News
  • Nobel Prizes
  • Flags
  • Great Decisions
  • United Nations
  • U.S. Neighbors
  • Peoples of the World
  • Current Events

2005 Competition Information

Competition Details

A welcome reception on Friday, April 1, was held on the Spirit of Washington boat with dinner and dancing.

The 2005 Academic WorldQuest National Competition was held on Saturday, April 2, at the Organization of American States in Washington, DC with remarks from John Donvan, ABC News, followed by a dinner reception at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center.

The students received a tour of the National Museum of the American Indian on Sunday, April 3.

Council VIPs for the 2005 AWQ National Competition were:

  • Emcee: John Donvan, ABC News

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

Thank you to our sponsors: European Union Delegation to the U.S., The Claremont GroupForeign Policy AssociationKaiser Family Foundation, and The New York Times Knowledge Network.

2004-2005 AWQ Topics

  • People in the News
  • Countries
  • Treaties
  • Great Decisions
  • World Religions
  • Africa
  • Languages
  • European Union
  • Flags
  • Current Events

2004 Competition Information

Competition Details

A welcome reception on Friday, March 26, was held at the Hotel Washington with remarks from Ambassador Bruce Laingen.

The 2004 Academic WorldQuest National Competition was held on Saturday, March 27, at the World Bank in Washington, DC followed by a dinner reception at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center with a performance by the Capitol Steps.

The students received a tour of the International Spy Museum on Sunday, March 28.

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

Thank you to our sponsors: World BankThe Claremont GroupKaiser Family Foundation, and The New York Times Knowledge Network.

2003-2004 AWQ Topics

  • Geography
  • 20th Century
  • Flags
  • Middle East
  • Countries
  • Capitals
  • People in the News
  • International Organizations
  • UNIDO
  • Culture
  • Current Events

2003 Competition Information

Competition Details

The inaugural Academic WorldQuest National Competition was held on Saturday, March 29, at the Organization of American States in Washington, DC with a tour led by Sandra Honore, Chief of Staff for Ambassador Luigi Einaudi.

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

Thank you to our sponsors: Ambassador Jim JonesThe Claremont GroupKaiser Family Foundation, and the Organization of American States.

2002-2003 AWQ Topics

  • World Geography
  • Flags of the World
  • Current Events
  • People in the News
  • Faces Around the World
  • General Knowledge
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