Announcing the 2016-2017 Academic WorldQuest Program

The Tennessee World Affairs Council is pleased to announce the 2016/2017 Academic WorldQuest Program for high school students.



Academic WorldQuest

Academic WorldQuest is the flagship youth education program of the Tennessee World Affairs Council (TNWAC) and the national network of World Affairs Councils (WACA). 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 NOVEMBER 12, 2016 AND the state championship match, hosted at Belmont University FEBRUARY 12, 2017.  The winning team in Tennessee will advance to the National Championship match in Washington on APRIL 29, 2017, with transportation and lodging provided by the Tennessee World Affairs Council.


Current Events 1
Current Events 2 *
Peace and Conflict in Today’s World
Combating Infectious Disease
The European Union 
Countering Violent Extremism 
Global Megacities
Women in Technology
* The national competition in Washington in April will have a category based on the “Great Decisions” series and only one “Current Events” section.



  • NOW – Contact the Tennessee World Affairs Council with your expression of interest in putting together a WorldQuest team.  Email: / Tel: 931-261-2353
  • As soon as possible pledge your team(s) to the Academic WorldQuest competition.  Pledge Form Here
  • October 28, 2016 (Friday) – Deadline to register a team for the Fall Warmup Match
  • November 12, 2016 (Saturday) – Fall Academic WorldQuest Practice Match, Belmont University – 1:00 p.m. – A great chance for your team to sharpen their skills and readiness in a warmup match.
  • January 27, 2017 – Team registration deadline. Pledge form must be in hand at the TNWAC.
  • February 12, 2017 – Academic Tennessee WorldQuest Championship Finals, Belmont University, Wedgwood Academic Center – 12:00 p.m. (Semi-finals will be scheduled if the number of teams signed up exceeds single event capacity.)
  • April 27-30, 2017 – Tennessee Championship team in Washington for visits and title match.
  • April 29, 2017 — National Championship Match, Washington, DC



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: / Tel: 931-261-2353

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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  • NOW – Contact the Tennessee World Affairs Council with your expression of interest in putting together a WorldQuest team.  Email: / Tel: 931-261-2353

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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the World Affairs Council.



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Corporate sponsorship opportunities are available – contact (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:  

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