Anne Smedinghoff Academic WorldQuest Championship Match
Sunday, February 23rd at Belmont University
Winners Advance to Washington DC National Championship in April
Registration Deadline February 4th
Academic WorldQuest—a fun and exciting competition tailor-made for high school students interested in global affairs and committed to expanding their horizons—sponsored by TNWAC, the Tennessee World Affairs Council: www.tnwac.org
WHEN and WHERE?
Sunday afternoon, February 23, 2020, at Belmont University, Nashville (Deadline for registration: February 4, 2020)
TNWAC is a nonprofit educational association that focuses resources and programs for students to improve their global affairs awareness. A primary focus of TNWAC’s education program is the Academic WorldQuest competition, along with a weekly online current events quiz, “What in the World?” available at www.tnwac.org and https://www.tnwac.org/what-in-the-world-weekly-quiz-2019-2020/
AWQ uses a quiz-bowl-like format to test high school students’ knowledge with four-person teams answering questions about ten topics, including current events, based on a Study Guide. NOTE: There is no limit on the number of teams from any high school that chooses to participate AND/OR one team can be comprised of students from more than one school.
The state winning team—determined at the February 23 AWQ Championship Match—goes on to the national tournament in Washington, DC, a unique trip funded by the TN World Affairs Council that includes visits to embassies, think tanks, and other global affairs destinations.
ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW—registration forms, competition rules and procedures, and important dates—can be found at https://www.tnwac.org/academic-worldquest-high-school-2019-2020/ or https://www.tnwac.org/2019-20-academic-worldquest-getting-started/
The 2019/2020 STUDY GUIDE provides links to articles students need to read in order to answer questions on the following 2020 AWQ topics:
- U.S.-Russia Relations
- Country in Focus: South Korea
- Preventing Extremism in Fragile States
- Oceans: The World’s Garbage Dump
- Great Decisions
- Brexit and the EU
- China’s Belt and Road Initiative
- Germany: 30 Years after the Fall of the Berlin Wall
- Qatar and the Future of the Gulf Cooperation Council
- Current Events
Clearly, these topics complement the curriculum and objectives of a variety of high school social studies courses such as AP Human Geography, AP and Honors World History, AP European History, AP and Honors U.S. History, AP Comparative Politics, AP Environmental Science, and AP and Honors U.S. Government.
Here’s a direct link to the 2019-2020 Study Guide: https://www.tnwac.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/AWQ-2019-2020-Study-Guide-FINAL.pdf
Questions for the current events round come directly from TNWAC’s weekly “What in the World?” Current Events Quizwhich is published on line every Monday. NOTE: The current events questions in the February 23 championship match will be based on January and February “What in the World?” quizzes.
If teachers and students need any inspiration, check out last year’s winning team—Hume-Fogg Academic Magnet—experience at the National AWQ in April 2019: https://soundcloud.com/tnwac/global-tennessee-episode-019
100 sample questions based on the 2019/2020 AWQ Study Guide may be accessed at the following SlideShare links:
AWQ Practice Match – Rounds 1-5
AWQ Practice Match – Rounds 6-10
Please DO NOT HESITATE to contact us by email or by phone regarding ANY questions. We are available to help you navigate competition logistics and the Study Guide.
Time is running out to register a team from your school for Academic WorldQuest/2020!!! The deadline for registration is this coming Tuesday, February 4!
The TN World Affairs Council commends you for your dedication and commitment to your students AND to the goal of global literacy. Take advantage of TNWAC and Academic WorldQuest to enhance your global affairs curriculum and to encourage and equip your students to THINK GLOBALLY!
TN World Affairs Council
President, TN World Affairs Council
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THANKS TO BELMONT UNIVERSITY’S CENTER FOR INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS
THANKS TO THE NASHVILLE AREA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE, INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS COUNCIL
THANKS TO THE TNWAC WEEKLY QUIZ PARTNERS
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.
Learn more about the Council and find how you can join, donate and volunteer at: www.TNWAC.org —