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Academic WorldQuest National Competition

The Carlos and Malu Alvarez 2017 Academic WorldQuest National Competition will be held on Saturday, April 29, at the National Press Club in Washington, DC.

The National Press Club is a secure facility, all attendees must have a valid QR code to pass through security gates at the entrance of the Club. Attendees were sent an email with the code and instructions on April 19.  ALL GUESTS MUST HAVE A VALID CODE TO ENTER THE FACILITY.

United States Institute of Peace:

This year's National Competition will feature a welcome reception at the  United States Institute of Peace , on  Friday, April 28, from 4:30-6:00 PM. Students will have a  unique opportunity to engage with Institute staff and learn more about USIP's important work around the world.

Have some spare time in the Nation's Capital prior to the Reception? Explore the Peace Trail on the National Mall! Developed by USIP, the Guild of Professional Tour Guides of Washington, and the National Parks Service, this self-guided tour brings a peace lens to the experience of visiting the National Mall. Learn more here!

UPDATE: USIP Reception Welcoming Remarks: 

WACA is pleased to announce that Nancy Lindborg, President of USIP, will make welcoming remarks  entitled "Peacebuilding in Practice," at the AWQ 2017 Reception at the United States Institute of Peace .

Nancy Lindborg has served since February, 2015, as President of the United States Institute of Peace.
Prior to joining USIP, Ms. Lindborg served as the assistant administrator for the Bureau for Democracy, Conflict and Humanitarian Assistance (DCHA) at USAID. From 2010 through early 2015, Ms. Lindborg led USAID teams focused on building resilience and democracy, managing and mitigating conflict and providing urgent humanitarian assistance. Ms. Lindborg led DCHA teams in response to the ongoing Syria Crisis, the droughts in Sahel and Horn of Africa, the Arab Spring, the Ebola response and numerous other global crises. Prior to joining USAID, Ms. Lindborg was president of Mercy Corps, where she spent 14 years helping to grow the organization into a globally respected organization known for its innovative programs.

Reception Wait-list

WACA will make every effort to give priority to students and their primary chaperones for attendance to the reception in order to enhance the student experience for the competition weekend. All wait-list candidates will be notified TODAY if the guests on the wait-list from your team will be able to attend the reception.
CIEE Scholarships
The Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE) is sponsoring the Carlos and Malú Alvarez 2017 Academic WorldQuest National Competition.

CIEE is the world leader in study abroad and international exchange programs. They have 23 locations worldwide, and 3 different High School Summer Abroad Programs that students participate in every year. CIEE's High School Summer Abroad Programs are truly once-in-a-lifetime experiences that are specifically created for high school students who love to travel and broaden their horizons. Participants will make international friendships and create memories for a lifetime!

As part of its sponsorship, CIEE will provide scholarships for the High School Summer Abroad Programs to students in the top two placing teams at the National Competition. Students may utilize these scholarships in Summer 2017 or Summer 2018.

AWQ 2017 Champion Team: $3,000 Scholarship/student

Second-Place Team: $2,000 Scholarship/student

CIEE High School Summer Abroad Programs  a re very popular and admission is on a rolling basis We therefore strongly encourage all students participating in the AWQ competition to check out and apply to CIEE's High School Summer Abroad Programs, because  spots are filling fast!

CIEE's Global Navigator Study Abroad Programs will give students the chance to explore the world, experience a new culture, and learn
something new! 

Global Navigator scholarships cover between 20 and 100% of the cost of tuition of a summer abroad program. Applicants must be U.S. high school students graduating in 2018, 2019, or 2020. Check out the Global Access Grant applicationApply to all programs here!

AWQ Endowment Fund 
Academic WorldQuest Endowment Fund
Principal Sponsor: 

Carlos and Malú Alvarez
Impetus Foundation

The Carlos and Mal ú  Alvarez Academic WorldQuest National Competition honors the tremendous dedication and philanthropic support of WACA National Board member Carlos Alvarez and his wife to our flagship program and the Academic WorldQuest Endowment Fund. To m ake a tax-deductible contribution to support the  Academic WorldQuest Endowment Fund, please visit our website

Competition Judges: 

Judges for this year's National Competition are:
  1. Rich Crepage, World Affairs Council of NW Ohio
  2. Joyce Davis, World Affairs Council of Harrisburg 
  3. Leslie Palmer, World Affairs Council of San Antonio


Round 1: Current Events
Round 2: Great Decisions
Round 3: Peace and Conflict in Today's World (USIP) 
Round 4:  Combatting Infectious Disease
Round 5: European Union
Round 6: Countering Violent Extremism 
Round 7: Turkey
Round 8: Global Megacities 
Round 9: China 
Round 10: Women in Technology 

Competition Details:

For Topics, Study Guide, and other information click  here

Please see the 2017 Program Schedule and stay tuned for updates. 
This year's  AWQ Study Guide , is also on our website.

Thank You to Our Generous Sponsors: 


Participating Teams 

Academy of the Sacred Heart
World Affairs Council of New Orleans, LA

Advanced Technologies Academy
World Affairs Council of Las Vegas, NV

Air Academy High School
Colorado Springs World Affairs Council

Asheville High School
World Affairs Council of Western North Carolina

Breck School
Global Minnesota

Canyon Crest Academy
San Diego World Affairs Council, CA

Carmel High School 
Indiana Council on World Affairs

Cedar Cliff High School
World Affairs Council of Harrisburg, PA

Central Illinois All-Tournament Team
Peoria Area World Affairs Council, IL

Clements High School
World Affairs Council of Greater Houston, TX

Concord High School
World Affairs Council of Delaware

Dimond High School
Alaska World Affairs Council

duPont Manual High School
World Affairs Council of Kentucky and Southern Indiana

Golden High School
Colorado Foothills World Affairs Council

Gulf Coast High School
Naples Council on World Affairs, FL

Hathaway Brown School
Cleveland Council on World Affairs, OH

Haverford High School
World Affairs Council of Philadelphia, PA

Hellgate High School
Montana World Affairs Council

Indian Hill High School
Greater Cincinnati World Affairs Council, OH

Keystone School
World Affairs Council of San Antonio, TX

Lake Region High School
World Affairs Council of Maine

Las Cruces High School
Santa Fe Council on International Relations, NM

Lebanon High School
Dayton Council on World Affairs, OH

Liberal Arts & Science Academy
World Affairs Council of Austin, TX

Longmeadow High School
WorldBoston, MA

Marina High School
World Affairs Council of Orange County, CA

May River High School
World Affairs Council of Hilton Head, SC

Metro Academic and Classical High School 
World Affairs Council of St. Louis, MO

Millburn High School
International Center of the Capital Region, NY

Milford High School
World Affairs Council of New Hampshire

Montgomery Blair High School
World Affairs Council - DC

Myers Park High School
World Affairs Council of Charlotte, NC

Norfolk Academy
World Affairs Council of Greater Hampton Roads, VA

Oley Valley High School
World Affairs Council of Greater Reading, PA

Palm Desert High School
World Affairs Council of the Desert, CA

Petoskey High School
International Affairs Forum (Traverse City), MI

Plano West Senior High School
World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth, TX

Punahou School
Pacific and Asian Affairs Council, HI

Ridge View High School
Columbia World Affairs Council, SC

Robert McQueen High School
Northern Nevada International Center

Saint Edward's School
Palm Beach World Affairs Council, FL

Shady Side Academy
World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh, PA

St. Joseph's Collegiate Institute
International Institute of Buffalo, NY 

Stanton College Preparatory School
World Affairs Council of Jacksonville, FL

The Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science, and Technology
Tennessee World Affairs Council, TN

The Mount Academy
World Affairs Council of the Mid-Hudson Valley, NY

Washburn Rural High School
International Relations Council, MO

The World Affairs Councils of America 

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