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?

Game master, Dr. Paul Dunscomb, on stage at our 2022 Local Competition.

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.

2022 Academic WorldQuest Recap

Students from Eagle River High School at WACA’s National Competition.

Over 72 students from 4 local high schools competed for the winning title at this year’s Academic Student WorldQuest Competition! In first place was Eagle River High School, followed by West High School in second place and Wasilla High School in third place. In April, 2022 our winning students from Eagle River High School traveled to Washington, D.C. to compete in in the World Affairs Council of America’s national competition, where they won 6th place in the entire competition! This is the highest an Alaskan school has ever placed in the national competition and we are so proud of this huge accomplishment. 

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 2023 WorldQuest Competition:

Interested in becoming a featured sponsor for the 2024 Academic Student WorldQuest Competition? Please contact Operations Director, Siobhan Choi,