Academic WorldQuest – High School

Tennessee World Affairs Council

Academic WorldQuest – High School


Academic WorldQuest is the flagship youth education program of the Tennessee World Affairs Council and the national network of World Affairs Councils. Students from across Tennessee are invited to play.

WorldQuest is a team game testing high school students’ knowledge of international affairs. In the game, four-person teams compete by answering multiple-choice and fill-in the blank questions divided into ten unique and engaging thematic categories. Academic WorldQuest is unique to the world affairs council system.

The Tennessee World Affairs Council organizes a State Championship match hosted at Belmont University every February preceded by a practice match in December.

The winning team in February advances to the National Championship hosted by the World Affairs Councils of America national office in Washington, DC with transportation and lodging provided by TNWAC, as well as two days of special visits to foreign embassies, think-tanks, government agencies and Capitol Hill.  (See below for discussion of the national competition.)

WorldQuest is a flagship program of the World Affairs Council’s education outreach efforts and is integrated with other elements such as the “What in the World?” Weekly Quiz — which sharpens students’ knowledge of current global events and the “Global Scholars Diploma” program.

Plans for 2020-2021

  • TNWAC will organize and host a season of Academic World Quest competitions for high schools and the associated education outreach programs, like the Global Scholar Certificate Program and the “What in the World? Weekly Quiz.”
  • TNWAC AWQ activities for 2020-2021 will be done virtually, via Zoom Webinars and Meetings and other online resources.
  • The Fall Practice Match will be held on Sunday, December 6, 2020 at 1pm CT via Zoom.
  • The TNWAC Championship Match will be held Sunday, February 28, 2020 at 1pm CT via Zoom.

For both the Practice Match and the Championship Match students do not need to be present with one another. We will make provision in Breakout Rooms in Zoom for students to participate as a team but from separate spaces. Details on the competition procedures will be provided closer to the matches.

National Championship Match. The World Affairs Councils of America has scheduled an in–person national championship in Washington, DC for April 16-17, 2020. TNWAC will reserve judgement about sending a team to the in-person match until the public health situation is clear.

Academic WorldQuest 2021-2021 Topics

  1. Global Protests
  2. Shifting Sands: The Arab Spring 10 Years On
  3. International Labour Organization (ILO)
  4. The U.S. Foreign Service in the 21st Century
  5. Great Decisions
  6. Country in Focus: Uzbekistan
  7. Exploring Peace in a World of Conflict
  8. Fraying Alliances
  9. Looking to a Post-Pandemic Economy
  10. Current Events

Study Guide

The World Affairs Councils of America (WACA) is expected to release the study guide for the 2020-2021 topics sometime in October 2020. It will be published as soon as received by TNWAC on our web site and newsletter. You can received information directly by sending an email with your expression of interest in WorldQuest to


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THE MISSION of the nonprofit, nonpartisan Tennessee World Affairs Council is to promote international awareness, understanding and connections to enhance the region’s global stature and to prepare Tennesseans to thrive in our increasingly complex and connected world.

THE VISION of  the Tennessee World Affairs Council is a well-informed community that thinks critically about the world and the impact of global events.