2021 Academic WorldQuest Winners
From left to right, John Scott, Kyle Letterer, Madeline Tsao, Justin Zhu, and Gabriel Bo.

Congratulations to our local Pinnacle Group Academic WorldQuest winning team from Plano West Senior High School for a hard-fought battle of knowledge at the 2022 National Academic WorldQuest on April 30. They finished second, just one point shy of the winning team from San Antonio. Such a close competion! We are incredibly proud to be represented by you!

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 2021-2022 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 2021- February 2022, and the Great Decisions questions are from the 2021 edition of the Great Decisions publication by the Foreign Policy Association. The entire 2021 publication is fair game for the Great Decisions section of the local competition.

Regional Competition Details

Wednesday, February 23, 2022
Delayed start till 5 PM
4:30 PM - 7:00 PM
Virtual Zoom Event

2021-2022 Topics

View Study Guide »

  • Where Climate and Migration Meet
  • Afghanistan: End of the 20-Year U.S.-Led Intervention
  • Human-Centered Agenda to the Future of Work
  • CDC and the Global Health Agenda
  • Technology and Democracy: Threat or Promise?
  • Great Decisions
  • 21st Century Money: Dollars to Digital Currencies
  • Working for Peace Through Legacies of War: The Case of Vietnam
  • Insecurity in China’s Neighborhood
  • 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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