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Academic WorldQuest



Academic WorldQuest, a global knowledge competition that has become a flagship program of the World Affairs Councils of America, is a fun, friendly and powerful way for high school students to learn about international affairs.  Teams are comprised of four students plus alternates who typically prepare in an after-school setting over the course of several months. WorldBoston’s 2017 regional competition, the John H. Carlson Academic WorldQuest, will take place on Saturday, April 1 at Bridgewater State University.

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Congratulations to the Manchester-Essex team for wining our 2016 regional competition!

Congratulations to the 2016 winning team from Manchester Essex Regional High School – they’ve won a trip to Washington, D.C., in April to compete in the National Academic WorldQuest, all expenses paid. The winning team of the National Academic WorldQuest will receive a scholarship of $3,000 per student; with the second place team winning a scholarship of $2,000 per student provided by the Council of International Educational Exchange (CIEE).

During the regional competition, teams view a PowerPoint presentation of 100 multiple-choice questions covering topics such as people in the news, world geography, elections, international organizations and current events.  The main resource to prepare for the competition is a study guide – take a look at the Academic WorldQuest 2017 Study Guide to see what the questions will focus on this year. The 2016-2017 topics are Current Events, Great Decisions, Peace and Conflict in Today’s World (USIP), Combating Infectious Disease, European Union, Countering Violent Extremism, Turkey, Global Megacities, China, and Women in Technology. The event is open to parents and friends, who also are given answer sheets and enjoy playing along.

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Academic WorldQuest 2016

This year marks the first year of our Massachusetts-wide competition! If you know of local teachers who would be interested in participating, send us their name and e-mail and we will reach out to them.

If you have any questions about the competition, or the online registration process, please don’t hesitate to e-mail WorldBoston’s Global Education Program Coordinator Vieno Carter at or call 617-542-8995 ext. 104.

Please consider sponsorship of Academic WorldQuest! For more information contact Vieno Carter.

We are grateful for the support of our premier sponsors:

John H. Carlson (Gold Star Sponsor since 2008)

Bridgewater State University (2015, 2016, & 2017 venue host)

Northeastern University (2012 & 2013 venue host)

Watch this video from the Alaska World Affairs Council to learn more about Academic WorldQuest!