Academic WorldQuest

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For the fourth year, the Santa Fe Council on International Relations (CIR) will host the AcademicWorldQuest (AWQ) competition, a program of the World Affairs Councils of America. The 2019 AWQ competition will be held at the Santa Fe Community College on March 6th, from 8:30 AM until 12:00 PM. Teams from across New Mexico, from public, private and charter high school are welcome to participate! In 2018, the winning team, from ASK Academy in Rio Rancho, was profiled in the Santa Fe New Mexican. Read more about their experience here.

DEADLINE to register teams is February 22nd, 2019. Don’t miss out! Email Tacarra with the four students (names, grades, emails) and attending teacher. A fifth student may participate as an alternate — these can sub in for any of the four spots the morning of the competition.

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.

 

The 2018 New Mexico winning team (ASK Academy) at the National AWQ competition in Washington, D.C.

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 was sent to schools in December 2018, specifying when the competition will take place and a link to the study guide. The sooner teams begin studying (and the material is difficult!) the better. If you have not received an invitation and would like to participate or would like to register your team for the 2019 competition, please send an email to Tacarra at tacarra@sfcir.org.