Preparing the next generation of leaders, scholars, and decision-makers to thrive in a rapidly changing world is one of the greatest challenges facing our country. Yet our students have virtually no room in their schedules for global affairs, given the large number of required courses that they must take. Too many have only a passing knowledge of world history, geography, comparative government, foreign languages, and even current international events.
Academic WorldQuest’s mission is to fill this educational gap. On average, roughly 4,000 students representing 50 local councils across the United States participate annually in qualifying tournaments at the state and regional level.
For the upcoming 2019-2020 season, the WACNJ will host a state-level competition in early February (location TBD). The winning team from the WACNJ competition will qualify for the National Academic WorldQuest competition held in Washington each April. The costs of attending the national competition will be covered by WACNJ.
How It Works
Teams compete by answering rounds of questions that test their knowledge of current affairs, world leaders, geography, recent history, flags, international organizations, countries, regions, the world economy, culture, religion, and more. A full competition is 10 rounds of 10 questions (for a total of 100 questions). The winning team is the one with the highest number of right answers.
A team consists of four high school students (plus alternates) who are passionate about current international affairs. Students may be in 9th through 12th grades. A high school may register up to two teams, as well as one alternate. Typically, teams prepare in an after-school setting over the course of several months, under the direction of a teacher or coach.
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