WACA is excited to announce that the Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE) has become an official AWQ sponsor this year. CIEE also will increase its summer study-abroad scholarship awards to $20,000 total, to be divided among the four students of the champion team and the four runners-up at The Carlos and Malú Alvarez 2016 Academic WorldQuest National Competition.
AWQ 2016 Champion Team: $3,000 Scholarship/student
Second-Place Team: $2000 Scholarship/student
Testimonials from AWQ 2015 National Competition Winners:
"Participating in AWQ has fostered a sense of global citizenship in me. I had a blast on the CIEE High School Summer Abroad Program to Seville! I traveled with fellow teammates Shravan and Abilash and we lived in Spain for 4 weeks. While there, we had Spanish classes with CIEE at their school every week day. In the mornings, we had various cultural activities, such as a cooking class or a tour of the Cathedral of Seville. On weekends, the CIEE program took us group of students to Cadiz, Cordoba and Granada. The program gave a lot of freedom to interact with the people of Spain and our host families, which I would say was my favorite part of the trip."
-- Matthew Raj, duPont Manual High School (WAC Kentucky and Southern Indiana AWQ champion team)
"The CIEE study abroad trip to Seville was amazing. We were able to live in one of the oldest, and most cultured cities in Europe. We made lots of new friends, developed bonds with our host families. We visited several other cities in our one month there. In Seville, we kayaked on the Guadalquivir River, we drew our own graffiti on a wall. I and my two other AWQ teammates who came with me bought city bike passes so we could ride bikes through the city wherever we wanted to go. That was really cool. "
-- Abilash Thout, duPont Manual High School (WAC Kentucky and Southern Indiana AWQ champion team)