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What is Academic WorldQuest?
Each year since 2006, the IRC has offered high school students the chance to showcase their knowledge of world affairs, geography, history, and world events. Each area high school may enter one team of four students plus a faculty sponsor. Participation is entirely cost-free for schools. The winning team will receive an expenses-paid trip to Washington, D.C., for the students and their sponsor to participate in the national Academic WorldQuest competition in late April.
Academic WorldQuest offers numerous benefits for students and teachers, including:
While only four students from a given school may participate in the competition, entire classes are welcome to use the study materials and explore competition topics together.
"I had a great time, learning about many issues and countries in the world while meeting people who have personal involvement and investment in solving these issues. This experience intensified my passion for international relations." – Kyle from Washburn Rural High School
"I thought it was interesting learning about different perspectives regarding subjects like Turkey and Great Decisions. I think it is important for students to learn and understand about other people different from them. I feel as Americans we live in a bubble." – Ali from Washburn Rural High School
The 2020 Academic WorldQuest competition for high school students will be held on Wednesday, February 19, from 4-8 p.m. at UMKC's Pierson Auditorium. Each area high school is invited to register one or more teams of four students plus one faculty sponsor; other students, faculty, parents, or friends are welcome to attend as spectators. Non-school teams (e.g. youth groups) are also acceptable as long as the members attend no more than two different high schools (including home schools).
We will begin with dinner and a presentation before ten rounds of ten questions each on the following topics:
Students work together to answer the questions, and the team with the most correct answers at the end of the competition are declared the winners. The winning team will represent our region at a national competition in Washington, D.C., on Saturday, April 25.
As they become available, we will post materials to help you prepare for the competition. We invite you to use these materials to help you prepare for the 2020 tournament:
Congratulations to the high schools who placed at our local competition on Saturday, February 23, 2019:
Shawnee Mission East represented our region at the national event in late April in Washington, D.C.