Academic WorldQuest

For the fourth year, the Santa Fe Council on International Relations (CIR) hosted the AcademicWorldQuest (AWQ) competition on March 6th, 2019. The team representing the United World College was victorious and will be representing CIR at the Academic WorldQuest 2019 national competition in Washington, D.C.

United World College winner bios: 

Alejandro is from Caracas, Venezuela and in addition to playing sports, he enjoys studying politics and economics. Alejandro’s goal is to become a leader who will restore justice, wealth and progress to his homeland.

Paul is from Germany and enjoys playing sports and conducting academic research. Through projects and his studies, Paul aspires to make the world a better place.

Karoline is a student from Denmark and enjoys studying foreign languages and spending time outdoors.

Vidar is Swedish, but was raised in Luxembourg. He enjoys studying politics, history and economics. In his free time, Vidar plays sports and likes listening to music.


 What is Academic WorldQuest?

This popular college-bowl style quiz competition features teams of 4 students competing to answer questions regarding world events. Organized into 10 rounds (each on a theme), there are 10 questions per round. In 2019, the themes for the ten rounds this year are: Qatar, North Korea, the global migration and refugee crisis, NATO, “Great Decisions”, Japan-U.S. relations, Space Policy, WTO, Peacebuilding, and current events.

See the official AWQ 2018-2019 Study Guide for more information.


What does the Winning Team Win?

The winning team (and its teacher!) receive an all-expense paid trip to Washington, D.C. for the national AWQ competition on April 26th, 2019. The winning team from New Mexico will get to compete head-to-head with teams from across the United States. Organized by the World Affairs Councils of America and hosted at the U.S. Institute of Peace, there will be networking events that allow students to interact with international experts, gain an understanding of careers in international affairs, and learn about different educational possibilities.


How can schools enter?

An invitation will be sent to interested schools in late autumn 2019. If you or your students are interested in participating, please email Tacarra for more information.

This year’s simulation is sponsored by New Mexico Bank & Trust for the second year running.