2021 Academic WorldQuest Winners

Congratulations to our local Pinnacle Group Academic WorldQuest competition winners from Plano West Senior High School for WINNING the 2021 National Academic WorldQuest on April 17. Also, congratulations to Allen High School who took second place at the National Competition!

Pinnacle Group Academic WorldQuest

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. *Fee waived for the 2020-2021 school year

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 2020- February 2021, and the Great Decisions questions are from the 2020 edition of the Great Decisions publication by the Foreign Policy Association. The entire 2020 publication is fair game for the Great Decisions section of the local competition.

Competition Details

Tuesday, February 9, 2021
4:30 PM - 7:00 PM
Virtual Zoom Event

2020-2021 Topics

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


  • 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.

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