Academic Student WorldQuest Competition

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Date(s) - Monday, January 21, 2019
9:30 am - 1:30 pm
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Bear Tooth Theatre


Just Announced: 2019 WorldQuest Topics

Country in Focus: Qatar
How to Deal with North Korea
Global Refugee and Migration Crisis
#WeAreNATO – The Alliance at 70
Japan-U.S. Relations
Space Policy
World Trade Organization (WTO)
Bridging Divides to Build Peace
Current Events


Official WorldQuest Study Guide
Program Details
  • Teams must register their intent to participate by submitting an online application by Friday, January 11, 2019.
  • Check-in will begin at 9:00am and the competition will start at 9:30am.
  • Student teams will be assigned tables in the main seating area of the theatre.
  • Teachers, parents, and other members of the public are welcome to quietly observe the competition from the upstairs balcony area.
  • A pizza buffet lunch will be provided for participating students and their chaperones.
Alaska Competition Timeline
  • SummerStudent Team Applications Open
  • September – Topics & Study Guide available
  • January 11Student Team Applications close
  • January 14-18 – Council staff confirm participation details with teachers and student team leads
  • January 21 (Martin Luther King Day) – Academic WorldQuest Competition Day!
    • 9:00am Doors open for check-in
    • 9:30am Competition begins
    • 11:30am Pizza buffet for participants
    • 12:00pm Keynote (speaker/topic to be confirmed)
    • 1:00pm Award Ceremony
  • April TBD – Winning Alaskan team competes in National Competition in Washington, DC

About Academic WorldQuest

Academic WorldQuest, 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. Each year, over 50 World Affairs Councils across the country hold local Academic WorldQuest 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.

Why WorldQuest?

2018 Alaska Academic WorldQuest Winning Team from West High School (A two-time winning team, they also won in 2016!)

Preparing the next generation of leaders, scholars, and decision-makers to thrive in a rapidly changing world – where our national interests are intertwined with the global community – is one of the greatest challenges facing our country. It requires a renewed enthusiasm for global studies in our high schools. Too many American students today fall behind their counterparts from other countries in their knowledge and understanding of world history, geography, and current international events.

The mission of Academic WorldQuest is to close the gap.

Study Guide

The World Affairs Councils of America’s Study Guide is the primary resource to help students and teachers prepare for the topics covered in the timed question-and-answer rounds of the competition. (Study guide will become available and be posted here in September.)

The 2018-2019 topics will be announced in early September. The Study Guide is an essential resource for the Carlos and Malú Alvarez Academic WorldQuest National Competition, hosted by the World Affairs Councils of America every April in Washington, DC.