Academic WorldQuestâ„¢

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.

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Some 50 World Affairs Councils hold local Academic WorldQuest (AWQ) 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.

The Carlos and Malú Alvarez Academic WorldQuest National Competition is made possible by sponsors and sustained by our AWQ Endowment. To become a sponsor, please contact WACA by phone at 202-833-4557 or email

2023 Academic WorldQuest National Competition


A heartfelt thank you to all students, teachers, parents, and other participants who made the Carlos and Malú Alvarez 2023 Academic WorldQuest National Competition a great success!

All AWQ students and chaperones enjoyed a welcome reception at the Organization of American States, Friday evening. Students participated in the AWQ National Competition on Saturday at the United States Institute of Peace. Students participated in teams answering 100 questions derived from the 2022-2023 AWQ Study Guide. For more information please see the 2023 AWQ National Competition Program Book.

Special thanks also to all of our sponsors, including the United States Institute of Peace for being a wonderful host for this year's competition.

The national competition is attended by more than 250 of the nation's most promising high school students annually, along with their parents, teachers, and chaperones. The AWQ competition is a unique opportunity for many students to visit the nation's capital for the first time. The competition was livestreamed on WACA's YouTube channel and can be viewed here.

2023 Winners

Congratulations to our top 3 teams! Plano West High School, WAC Dallas/Fort Worth, TX, Carnegie Vanguard High School , WAC Greater Houston, TX, and Keystone School, WAC San Antonio, TX





Congratulations to all the National Qualifers who competed in the 2023 AWQ National Competition!

School  Council

Plano West Senior HS


Streator Township High School


Edina High School


Keystone School


Duncan U. Fletcher High School


Petaluma High School


Saint Edward's Upper School


Academic Magnet High School


Providence Day School


Monterey High School


May River High School


Service High School/Steller Secondary School


Mayfield High School


Highland High School


Governor Mifflin High School


MTI School of Knowledge


El Dorado High School


Gwinnett School of Math Science and Technology


Plymouth Regional High School


Gulf Coast High School


Canyon Crest Academy


Lexington High School


Morris Hills High School


duPont Manual High School


Sentinel High School


Waiakea High School


Thornton Academy


Carnegie Vanguard High School


Traverse City Central High School


Kingston High School


Crossroads College Preparatory School


Palm Desert High School


Cedar Cliff High School


Springboro High School


Americas High School


Shenendehowa High School


Hialeah-Miami Lakes Senior High School


Shawnee Mission East High School


Frank W. Cox High School

World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth


Peoria World Affairs Council


Global Minnesota


World Affairs Council of San Antonio


World Affairs Council of Jacksonville


World Affairs Council of Sonoma County


World Affairs Council of Palm Beach


World Affairs Council of Charleston SC


World Affairs Council of Charlotte


Monterey Bay-California


World Affairs Council of Hilton Head (SC)


Alaska World Affairs Council


Cleveland Council on World Affairs


Utah Council for Citizen Diplomacy


World Affairs of Greater Reading


Indiana Council on World Affairs


World Affairs Council of Orange County


Tennessee World Affairs Council


World Affairs Council of New Hampshire


Naples Council on World Affairs


San Diego World Affairs Council




World Affairs Council of New Jersey


World Affairs Council of Southern Indiana and Kentucky


Montana World Affairs Council


Pacific & Asian Affairs Council (PAAC)


World Affairs Council of Maine


World Affairs Council of Greater Houston


IAF Traverse City 


World Affairs Council of the Mid-Hudson Valley


World Affairs Council of St. Louis


World Affairs Council of the Desert


World Affairs Council of Harrisburg


Dayton Council on World Affairs


Paso del Norte World Affairs Council


International Center of the Capitol Region


World Affairs Council of Miami


International Relations Council


WAC Mid-Hudson Valley

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