Academic Student 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.

2021 Academic WorldQuest Recap

Despite the disruption from a global pandemic, determined students from seven local high schools competed for the winning title at this year’s Academic WorldQuest Competition! Our top three winning teams competed in the World Affairs Council of America’s national virtual competition April 16-17, and Wasilla High School ranked 9th out of 105 national teams! Congratulations to our winning teams: 1st place, Colony High School and 2nd place Wasilla High School. Mat-Su Career & Tech High won 3rd place in a close tie-breaker round against South Anchorage High School (that’s right, we had a Mat-Su Valley sweep this year!).

Special thanks to our game master, Dr. Paul Dunscomb, all the students who competed, teachers and parents who helped make this event possible, our event sponsors, and wonderful volunteers! This event would not be possible without all of you.


Thank you to our generous event sponsors for our 2022 WorldQuest Competition:

Interested in becoming a featured sponsor for the 2022 Academic Student WorldQuest Competition? Please contact Operations Director, Siobhan Choi,