2018-2019 Academic WorldQuest | High School | Program Information | Getting Started

Academic WorldQuest

Academic WorldQuest is the flagship youth education program of the Tennessee World Affairs Council (TN WAC) and the national network of World Affairs Councils. It is a team game testing high school students’ knowledge of international affairs.

The TNWAC organizes the WorldQuest competition for Tennessee high school students to encourage global affairs awareness education.  The Council will assist teams in preparation and organize two matches: a fall practice match on DECEMBER 2, 2018 AND the state championship match, hosted at Belmont University FEBRUARY 24, 2019.  The winning team in Tennessee will advance to the National Championship match in Washington on APRIL 27, 2019, with transportation and lodging provided by the Tennessee World Affairs Council. The team and coach will be in Washington April 25-28 for visiting international organizations and officials, participating in the national match and sightseeing.

Read more below about Academic WorldQuest and check these items for all the details you need to organize a team and to compete. Contact the Tennessee World Affairs Council, info@tnwac.org, for more information and assistance.

 

CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH — FEBRARY 24 — REGISTER BY JAN 31

Event Address: Belmont University, Conference Center, 4th Floor, Janet Ayers Academic Center, Northern Front of Campus on Wedgewood near 15th Ave.

Note:  The questions and answers from our December 2nd practice match are available online at: SlideShare.net/TNWAC.


2018-2019 WORLDQUEST TOPICS

Country in Focus: Qatar

How to Deal with North Korea

Global Refugee and Migration Crisis

#WeAreNATO – The Alliance at 70

Great Decisions *

Japan-U.S. Relations

Space Policy

World Trade Organization (WTO)

Bridging Divides to Build Peace

Current Events

* Great Decisions category is for the National Competition in April only. At the TNWAC practice match (Dec 2) and championship match there will be a second Current Events category.

IMPORTANT DATES:

  • NOW – Contact the Tennessee World Affairs Council with your expression of interest in putting together a WorldQuest team.  Email:  Catherine@TNWAC.org and info@TNWAC.org
  • November 26, 2018 – Deadline to register a team for the Fall Warmup Match.  *Date changed from November 10th. Practice Match RSVP Form
  • December 2, 2018 (Sunday) – Fall Academic WorldQuest Practice Match, at Knowledge Academy – 1:00 p.m. – A great chance for your team to sharpen their skills and readiness in a warmup match.
  • January 31, 2019 – Team registration deadline. The registration form must be in hand at the TNWAC by this date. (To allow time for team t-shirt orders.)
  • February 24, 2018 – Academic Tennessee WorldQuest Championship Finals, Belmont University, (Semi-finals will be scheduled if the number of teams signed up exceeds single event capacity.) Competition lasts about three hours.
  • April 25-28, 2018 – Tennessee Championship team in Washington for visits and title match.
  • April 27, 2019 — National Championship Match, Washington, DC

Registration Fee Payment OnLine

The registration fee can be paid online through the TNWAC PayPal account. [The Council appreciates payment by check to avoid the PayPal service charge deduction, but for your convenience online payment is provided.]

You can use major credit cards or a PayPal account — use care in selecting the appropriate payment method. Click “Buy Now” link below.


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Please make sure you complete and submit a registration form even if you make payment online. Indicate on the form that you have paid online. Thank you!

 

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Getting Started

This web site provides all of the information and materials necessary to start a team. However, feel free to contact the TNWAC at any time for assistance.  Email: catherine@tnwac.org and info@tnwac.org

What you need is four high school students committed to following through the preparations and available to participate in the State Championship match and to travel to Washington, DC April 27-30 for the April 29, 2017 National Championship, if a winner in the state match. You also need a coach/chaperone to coordinate the team’s preparation and participation.

Establish study and practice routines for the team. Review the sample questions from previous national championship matches (available on the TN WAC web site) to become familiar with the style and level of difficulty to be expected in the competitions. Contact the TN WAC office for updates on the Academic WorldQuest program and resources, and assistance. Sign up through the TN WAC web site for the email list — be sure to check the Academic WorldQuest news item from among the email options.

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Rules and Regulations

A team consists of four primary teammates who are currently high school students (freshman – senior year). No more than four players per team will be able to compete in the competition. Teams may designate alternate teammates to replace one or more of the four primary teammates in the case of sickness or other circumstances which would prevent one of the four primary teammates from competing in the Tennessee Championship competition. Please note that the TN WAC may be unable to send alternate teammates to accompany the primary team to the National Competition. Once the State Championship match has begun, no substitutions of alternate teammates may be made. Teams of less than four are allowed to compete, but strongly discouraged. If the winning team from the State Championship match is unable to compete in the National Competition and has no alternate teammates, the second place team may compete in its place.   If there are too many teams to be accommodated by the venue the Tennessee World Affairs Council may arrange semifinal matches to produce an appropriate number of teams for the championship match.

Team Composition

Teams consist of four high school age students and need not be from the same school. Home school students are eligible to participate with teammates from high schools or teams formed with other home school students. There is no limit to the number of teams that can be organized in any individual school.  The Council works to make the WorldQuest experience available to as many students as possible. Contact the Council with questions about eligibility. The Council will be the final authority in determining participants’ eligibility.

A team consists of four (4) Primary Teammates who are currently high school students (freshman – senior year). No more than four players per team will be able to compete in the Tennessee or National Competition.

Teams may designate Alternate Teammates to replace one or more of the four Primary Teammates in the case of sickness or other circumstances which would prevent a Primary Teammate from competing in the Tennessee or National Competition.

On the day of the event (February 25, 2018), once the Academic WorldQuest Tennessee Competition has officially started no substitutions of Alternate Teammates may be made.

Teams of fewer than four students are allowed to compete, but this is strongly discouraged.

If the winning team from a local competition is unable to compete in the National Competition and has no Alternate Teammates, the second place team will be invited compete in its place.

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2018-2019 WORLDQUEST TOPICS

Country in Focus: Qatar

How to Deal with North Korea

Global Refugee and Migration Crisis

#WeAreNATO – The Alliance at 70

Great Decisions *

Japan-U.S. Relations

Space Policy

World Trade Organization (WTO)

Bridging Divides to Build Peace

Current Events

* Great Decisions category is for the National Competition in April only. At the TNWAC practice match (Dec 2) and championship match there will be a second Current Events category.

Notes: The study guide identifies the source materials for AWQ questions for eight topic areas. The Current Events questions are drawn from other sources.

1.  Current Events – For the Tennessee competitions, the emphasis will be:

  • News from Oct 1-Nov 26 period for the Fall practice match (Dec 2)
  • News from Jan 1-Feb 20 for the State Championship match (Feb 25)

For the National Competition, the emphasis will be on the first months of 2019 and late 2018.

For the Tennessee competitions you can keep up with international events through most mainstream news sources. However, you can keep up with the sources we use for Tennessee match questions by following @TNWAC on Twitter. The hashtag #tnwacquiz will be used for news items that are open to be sources for Tennessee AWQ questions.

In general, we recommend reading a variety of reputable national and international news sources for the National Championship Match.

2. Great Decisions is an annual program about critical international issues issued by the Foreign Policy Association, a member of the World Affairs Councils of America. The Great Decisions 2018 Briefing Book is required study material for the National Championship match. For the Tennessee matches, November practice and February championship, a second round of Current Events questions will be used in place of Great Decisions questions.

The World Affairs Council will provide copies of the Great Decisions books to the Tennessee Championship winners in February to prepare for the National Championship match.

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Study Guide

A study guide is provided by the World Affairs Councils of America with detailed resources on each of these categories. All questions for the competition are drawn from the resources in this study guide.

WORLDQUEST STUDY GUIDE

Practice Round — December 2, 2018 at Knowledge Academy

Tennessee Championship Round — February 25, 2019 at Belmont University.

Cost

A fee of $80 per team is requested to cover the costs of event hosting and competition materials and covers both the practice round and the state championship match.  Each additional team from the same school can register for $40 per team.

The Tennessee World Affairs Council will provide transportation and lodging for the State Championship winning team to travel to Washington for the National Championship match on April 25, 2019. The Tennessee Championship team should be prepared to be in Washington from April 25-28, 2019 for visiting international affairs venues and for the Saturday, April 27, 2017 national match.

What are the benefits?

Aside from allowing your team to prove that they are the most knowledgeable students in their school, their state, or their nation, they have the opportunity to win a trip to Washington, DC to compete in the National Academic WorldQuest contest. The Tennessee World Affairs Council will sponsor the Tennessee Championship WorldQuest team in Washington including transportation and lodging. The Council will also set up visits to Washington sites and organizations dealing in foreign affairs, such as embassies, think tanks and so forth depending on availability. [In the past these visits have included meeting with US Senators and Congressmen from Tennessee, foreign embassies, the World Bank, the Center for Strategic and International Studies, and other centers of interest for global affairs enthusiasts.

Prizes for the national competition

Prizes for the 2019 national championship match will be announced.

Here is information from a previous competition:

WACA is excited to announce that the Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE) has become an official AWQ sponsor [2016]. 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
 
Prizes for the Tennessee State Championship match will be announced.
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Sounds great! What do I need to do to sign up?

Fill out the registration form and mail it to the Tennessee World Affairs Council with a check or money order for the registration fee of $80 (and $40 for each team over one). Team registration forms must be in the hands of the TN WAC by January 31, 2018. All teams will be sent a confirmation email as soon as their registration form and payment are received. If you do not receive confirmation by February 5, 2018 contact the Council.  [LINK TO REGISTRATION FORM]

Send registration and payment to:
Tennessee World Affairs Council
1900 Belmont Blvd.
Nashville, TN 37212

For more information contact Catherine Kelly, the Tennessee Academic Education/WorldQuest Coordinator at Catherine@TNWAC.org or Patrick Ryan (email: PatRyan@TNWAC.org)

Registration Fee Payment OnLine

The registration fee can be paid online through the TNWAC PayPal account. [The Council appreciates payment by check to avoid the PayPal service charge deduction, but for your convenience online payment is provided.]

You can use major credit cards or a PayPal account — use care in selecting the appropriate payment method. Click “Buy Now” link below.

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Please make sure you complete and submit a registration form even if you make payment online. Indicate on the form that you have paid online. Thank you!

Sponsors and Donors

The Tennessee World Affairs Council is able to bring these important programs to our communities and schools through the generosity of our members and the community. Please contact us if you would like to be a sponsor of Academic WorldQuest. To make a donation CLICK HERE.

The Tennessee World Affairs Council has been granted charity status in accordance with Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. All contributions are tax-deductible to the fullest extent allowed by U.S. law.

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Corporate sponsorship opportunities are available – contact PatRyan@TNWAC.org (931-261-2353)

The Tennessee World Affairs Council is a nonprofit (501c3), nonpartisan educational charity based in Nashville that works to build understanding of global issues in our communities. Learn more about the Council and find how you can join, donate and volunteer at: www.TNWAC.org  

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