2023 AWQ winners
From left to right, Justin Zhu, Madeline Tsao, Gabriel Bo, and Kyle Letterer.

Congratulations to our 2023 Pinnacle Group Academic WorldQuest winning team from Plano West Senior High School. They went to the national competition on April 29 in Washington, DC and won FIRST PLACE!

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 2022-2023 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 were based on world events from August 2022- February 2023, and the Great Decisions questions are from the 2022 edition of the Great Decisions publication by the Foreign Policy Association. The entire 2022 publication is fair game for the Great Decisions section of the local competition.This book will be mailed to each team at no cost. 

Regional Competition Details

Wednesday, February 22, 2023
8:30 AM – 2:00 PM

University of Texas at Arlington
300 West First Street
Arlington, TX 76010

2022-2023 Topics

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  • Securing the Future of the World's Wildlife
  • The Arctic Council: Frozen Cooperation
  • Atrocity Prevention and Accountability
  • Combating Global Food Insecurity
  • Economic Sanctions – A Double-Edge Sword
  • Great Decisions
  • Country in Focus: Ethiopia
  • The Future of Supply Chains
  • Battle of the Century: Autocracy vs. Democracy
  • Current Events


  • Teachers register by emailing
  • 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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