Academic WorldQuest | High School | 2011-2012

2012 Competition

The Tennessee World Affairs Council congratulates the 2012 Tennessee Academic WorldQuest Championship team from Montgomery-Bell Academy in Nashville:

  • Jake Simons
  • John Mellow
  • McKay Proctor
  • Will Stewart
  • Teacher/Coach: Annie B. Williams

2012 Tennessee Academic WorldQuest Champions: Montgomery Bell Academy, Nashville – (L-R) TNWAC President Patrick Ryan, MBA Coach Annie B. Williams, John Mellow, Jake Simons, TNWAC Board Members/Judges, Amber Barno and Danielle Rovelli, McKay Proctor, Will Stewart, and TNWAC Board Member/Judge Dr. Jeff Overby.

We congratulate all the teams that competed for the Tennessee State Championship title.

Cookeville High School, Cookeville, TN

Colleen Ryan

Varsha Srinivasan

Will Gabelman

Teacher/Coach: Connie Ryan

Hillsboro High School, Nashville, TN

Thor Frantz

Braxton Bakerfield

Max Hackenbrack

Isaac Saffold

Teacher/Coach: Adrian Bahan

Martin Luther King, Jr., Magnet High School, Nashville, TN

Catherine Caffey

Joseph LaPosata

Rohan Nag

Guangze Zhang

Teacher/Coach: Dr. Sue Gilmore

Stratford STEM Magnet High School, Nashville, TN

Logan Campbell Smith

Nikita Bhavsar

Ivy Obeng

Awes Hussein

Teacher/Coach: James Taormina

Congratulations to the winners of the 10th annual (2012) Academic WorldQuest National Championship

The World Affairs Councils of America’s 10th Annual Academic WorldQuest National Competition was a great success! The weekend included a reception at the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China where Ambassador Zhang Yesui gave his observations on the US-China relationship, a reception at the Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia, and an exciting, down to the wire Academic WorldQuest National Competition complete with a sudden death tiebreaker round. Be sure to check out photos from the competition weekend on the World Affairs Councils of America Facebook page.

  • First Place: Plano Senior High School – WAC of Dallas/Ft. Worth
  • Second Place: Keystone School – WAC of San Antonio
  • Third Place: Walpole High School – WorldBoston
  • Fourth Place: Desert Christian Academy – World Affairs Council of the Desert

The inaugural Academic WorldQuest match (2009) in Tennessee was won by a team from Martin Luther King, Jr., Magnet High School, in Nashville.

The 2009 Tennessee Academic WorldQuest Champions from Nashville’s Martin Luther King, Jr., Magnet High School: (L-R) Cody Simons, Kannan Raju, Will Scheving and Jordan Willis.

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 TN WAC is organizing a WorldQuest competition for Tennessee high school students to encourage global affairs awareness education.  The Council will assist teams in preparation and organize the state championship match, hosted at Belmont University APRIL 1, 2012.  The winning team in Tennessee will advance to the National Championship match in Washington (April 21, 2012), with transportation and lodging provided by the Tennessee Council.

Getting Started

This web site provides all of the information and materials necessary to start a team. However, feel free to contact the TN WAC at any time for assistance.

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 for the April 21, 2012 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.

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 wishes 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.

2011-2012 Categories

This year’s categories focus (TN WAC’s competition categories mirror those chosen for the National Championship) on the six top National Security Issues facing the United States in the run-up to the 2012 presidential election, as voted on by leaders of World Affairs Councils across the country. These Six Issues are: US Education: Competing Globally; US Energy Policy; US Economic Competitiveness; the Middle East; Afghanistan/Pakistan; and China. We are also including: NATO, in recognition of the 2012 Summit taking place in Chicago; UN Millennium Goals: Child Health, as part of our yearly selection from the Millennium Goals leading up to 2015; Azerbaijan, a country at the nexus of Asia and the Middle East in the Caucus Region; and Current Events, a yearly category.

  • US Education: Competing Globally
  • US Energy Policy
  • US Economic Competitiveness
  • Middle East
  • Afghanistan/Pakistan
  • China
  • NATO
  • UN Millennium Goals: Child Health
  • Azerbaijan
  • Current Events

Study Guide

A study guide is provided by the World Affairs Councils of America [Link Here (page 5)] with detailed resources on each of these categories. All questions for the competition are drawn from the resources in this study guide.

Practice Round

The TN WAC will post the names of teams as they register to facilitate contact for local practice rounds. If there is sufficient interest the Council may schedule a practice match in advance of the State Championship competition in Nashville. Details will be announced on the web site, through the TN WAC email list and by email to the team coach/chaperone.


A fee of $50 per team is requested to cover the costs of event hosting and competition materials. 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 21, 2012.

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 tours and visits to Washington sites and organizations dealing in foreign affairs, such as embassies, think tanks and so forth depending on availability.

Prizes for the 2012 national competition have not yet been announced but the teams that placed 1st, 2nd and 3rd in previous national championship competitions were awarded $1000, $500 and $250 respectively, for each member of the team and the coach.  However, prize availability is not yet known.

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 $50. The deadline to pledge/register a team is Friday, March 9, 2012. Registration forms must be postmarked by the deadline date. All teams will receive a confirmation email. If you do not receive confirmation by March 16, 2012 contact the Council.  [LINK TO REGISTRATION FORM]

Send registration and payment to:
Tennessee World Affairs Council
c/o Center for International Business
Belmont University
1900 Belmont Blvd.
Nashville, TN 37212


Registration Fee Payment OnLine

The registration fee can be paid online through the TNWAC Paypal account. You can use major credit cards or a Paypal account — use care in selecting the appropriate payment method.

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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