2019 National Competition

2019 Academic WorldQuest National Competition

A heartfelt thank you to all students, teachers, parents, and other participants who made the Carlos and Malú Alvarez 2019 Academic WorldQuest National Competition a great success!

Special thanks also to all of our sponsors, including the Qatar-America Institute for hosting a beautiful welcome reception for all students and chaperones, and 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.

Click here to read the official WACA press release. 

2019 Winners

Please see a full list here of all local competition winning teams that attended WACA’s National Competition.

First Place: Jasper High School – WAC Dallas/Fort Worth

2019 AWQ First Place Team

WACA President and CEO Bill Clifford, Pranav Pattatathunaduvil, Renee Li, Adithya Karthik, Michelle Ma, and Fatema Al-Baker

At the close of the competition, Fatema Al-Baker, Public Diplomacy Coordinator at the Embassy of the State of Qatar, congratulated all AWQ participants and presented the championship team with an unprecedented AWQ Prize: an all-expenses-paid Study Tour to Doha, Qatar, on June 21-27, 2019. The four members of the winning team and their teacher were joined by the 10 winners of the WACA 2019 Qatar Essay & Video Contest and two WACA representatives.

Second Place: duPont Manual High School – WAC Kentucky and So. Indiana

2019 AWQ Second Place Team

Aditya Mehta, Agharnan Gandhi, Andrew Smith, and Jackson Arnold

Third Place: Mount Academy – WAC Mid-Hudson Valley
 2019 AWQ Third Place Team

Alec Koppschall, Karilyn Domer, Kent Thomson, and Heidi Keiderling

Friday Welcome Reception at the Qatar-America Institute

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All AWQ students and chaperones enjoyed a welcome reception at the Qatar-America Institute (QAI). WACA would like to thank our partners at QAI for opening their doors to us and helping to educate the students on Qatari culture and programs. There were multiple activities throughout the venue, and students could fill out a "passport" booklet checking off each station they visited. Completed booklets were entered into a raffle for prizes courtesy of WACA and QAI.

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WACA would like to extend a big thank you to Dr. Hamad Al-Muftah, Deputy Chief of Mission from the Embassy of the State of Qatar in the United States, for speaking at the reception and engaging with the students, chaperones, and special guests.

2019 AWQ Reception

For more information please see the 2019 AWQ National Competition Program Book


Friday, April 26

                 Time: 12:00 - 3:00 pm

                 Time: 4:00 - 6:00 pm

                 Transportation: DC Metro, Uber/Lyft, Taxis

                 Light refreshments will be served

Saturday, April 27

                 Time: 9:00 am - 1:00 pm

                 Transportation: Buses will pick up at 8:00am sharp! from the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel

                 There will be no buses from USIP back to the hotel after the competition is over.

                 Any teams that have not registered by this point may do so at the beginning of the competition.

2018-2019 Topics

  • Country in Focus: Qatar
  • How to Deal With North Korea
  • Global Refugee and Migration Crisis
  • #WeAreNATO - The Alliance at 70
  • Great Decisions
    • Waning of Pax Americana?
    • Russia's Foreign Policy
    • China's Geopolitics
    • Media and Foreign Policy
    • Turkey: Partner in Crisis
    • U.S. Global Engagement and the Military
    • South Africa's Fragile Democracy
    • Global Health Issues
  • Japan-U.S. Relations
  • Space Policy
  • World Trade Organization (WTO)
  • Bridging Divides to Build Peace
  • Current Events

2019 Sponsors

A special thanks to this year's AWQ Presenting Sponsor: the Embassy of the State of Qatar; the Friday evening Welcome Reception host Qatar-America Institute; and the Academic WorldQuest National Competition host United States Institute of Peace. We would also like to thank all of our other sponsors pictured below.

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