Academic WorldQuest

CIR has now offered, for the third year running, the popular Academic WorldQuest (AWQ) competition, a program of the World Affairs Councils of America (WACA). In 2016, we had two teams, with The Masters Program emerging victorious. In 2017, we had six teams, with Las Cruces High School the winner. In 2018, the competition featured 11 teams, with the ASK Academy in Albuquerque surging from behind to pip Santa Fe High School in the last round.

What is Academic WorldQuest?

This popular college-bowl style quiz competition features teams of 4 students competing on world events – organized into 10 rounds (each on a theme) with 10 questions per round. For instance, the 2018 competition featured questions on NAFTA; ASEAN at 50; India’s Bid for Global Power; Combatting Climate Change, and so on. See the AWQ 2017-2018 Study Guide for more.

The 2017 winning team from Las Cruces High

What does the Winning Team Win?

The winning team (and its teacher!!!) wins an all-expense paid trip to Washington DC for the national AWQ competition, where they get to go head-to-head with teams from around the country. There are usually networking events as well 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?

We’ll post an announcement in November, 2018 specifying when the competition will take place, a link to the study guide, and all other details. The sooner teams start studying (and the material is difficult!) the better. If you’d like to ensure you receive an announcement, send Sandy an email at

Click here to see AWQ 2018

Click here to see AWQ 2017

Click here to see AWQ 2016