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Pinnacle Group Academic WorldQuest

Thursday, February 13, 2020 8:30 AM - 2:00 PM

Each year, World Affairs Councils around the United States host Academic WorldQuest competitions for high school students. The World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth hosts nearly 100 North Texas area teams, which participate each February. Teams of four (4) study for a chance to compete on the national level in Washington D.C. against other regional winners. Each JWAC may enter up to three (3) teams at $25 each. (If you have a district membership, your teams have been paid)

The competition consists of 100 multiple-choice questions, including 10 sections of 10 questions. Participants prepare for the competition by studying an online study guide. The World Affairs Councils of America decides the 10 topics based on the most relevant global issues of that year. In the case of a tie, the competition can go into a tiebreaker round of 10 multiple-choice questions and then a sudden death round of five questions that require write-in answers.

Two of the 10 topics are consistent each year: Current Events and Great Decisions. The current events questions are based on world events from August 2019- February 2020, and the Great Decisions questions are from the 2019 edition of the Great Decisions publication by the Foreign Policy Association. The entire 2019 publication is fair game for the Great Decisions section of the local competition.

View the Official WACA Flyer » 

 

View Study Packet »

 

2019-2020 AWQ Topics

  • U.S.-Russia Relations
  • Country in Focus: South Korea
  • Preventing Extremism in Fragile States
  • Oceans: The World's Garbage Dump
  • Great Decisions (Mailed to you once team is paid)
    • Refugees and Global Migration
    • The Middle East: Regional Disorder
    • Nuclear Negotiations: Back to the Future?
    • The Rise of Populism in Europe
    • Decoding U.S.-China Trade
    • Cyber Conflict and Geopolitics
    • The United States and Mexico: Partnership Tested
    • State of the State Department and Diplomacy
  • Brexit and the EU
  • China's Belt & Road Initiative
  • Germany: 30 Years After the Fall of the Berlin Wall
  • Qatar and the Future of the Gulf Cooperation Council
  • Current Events

STUDY TIPS

  • Start studying early! Some teams start studying for five months in advance of the competition.
  • Divide and conquer the material amongst your teammates.
  • Hold mock-competitions at your JWAC meetings.
  • Keep up-to-date on current events from around the world.
  • Include the latest edition of the Great Decisions publication in your study materials.
  • Review the Academic WorldQuest guidelines and study materials.
  • Read the articles listed in the study materials.

https://www.worldaffairscouncils.org/WorldQuest/

  

Thank You To Our Sponsor

 

There will be two WorldQuest trainings online for new teachers and students. Please contact Jennifer at Jbowden@dfwworld.org to get the Zoom link for the training from 4:30 - 5:30 PM on December 16 or January 8. You will need to download zoom to access the training.

Location: Mavericks Activity Center, UTA
(500 W. Nedderman Dr. Arlington, TX 76019-0268)
Fees: $25/team of 4 students - 3 teams per school
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