2017 Academic WorldQuest
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2017 Academic WorldQuest

(Please note that this event is for high-schoolers only.) Each year, teams of high-schoolers from around the Kansas City metro area come together for a friendly competition of global knowledge, hoping to represent our region at the national tournament in late April. Please join the International Relations Council for the 2017 Academic WorldQuest on Saturday, March 4, at the Shawnee Civic Centre. We encourage each area high school to register one team of four students and a faculty moderator.

When: Saturday, March 4, 2017
12-4 p.m.
Where: Shawnee Civic Centre
13817 Johnson Drive
Shawnee, Kansas  66216
United States
Contact: Matthew Hughes

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Academic WorldQuest (AWQ) is the flagship youth education program of the World Affairs Councils of America (WACA)—the national network of World Affairs Councils. With increasing budget cuts in schools, opportunities for students to learn geography, world history, and world affairs have decreased despite the every growing impact of globalization on a local level. AWQ provides a unique opportunity for high school students to test their knowledge of international affairs through a competitive and engaging trivia competition. On average, 4,000 students representing 50 local Councils across the United States participate annually in competitions across the country. Winning teams are invited to represent their high school, city, and local Council at the spirited national competition, held each spring in Washington, D.C.

Won't you join us?

Saturday, March 4, 2017 • 12-4 p.m. • Shawnee Civic Centre (13817 Johnson Dr, Shawnee, KS 66216)

How does the event work?

Teams consist of four high-school students and one faculty moderator. One team per school, please. This event is cost-free to schools.

Students will be asked questions in ten rounds, covering a variety of global topics (more information below). Lunch and snacks will be provided.

The winning team will win an expenses-paid trip to Washington, D.C., to compete in the national Academic WorldQuest tournament on Saturday, April 29 (more information »). Other ranking teams will earn valuable prizes, and door prizes will be available for participants, as well.

How do we prepare?

A study guide, with tournament rules and preparation materials, is available here ». Themes for this year's rounds will be:

  • Current Events
  • Great Decisions
  • Peace and Conflict in Today's World (USIP)
  • Combating Infectious Disease
  • European Union
  • Countering Violent Extremism
  • Turkey
  • Global Megacities
  • China
  • Women in Technology

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