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2024 Academic WorldQuest Competition

March 2nd, 2024

Academic WorldQuest is a fun, fast-paced team competition for high school students.

It tests players' knowledge of current international politics, geography, global economics, history, and world cultures.

Great experience to mention on a college application!

The winning team is invited to represent San Diego in the national competition in

Washington DC, date April 19-20th, 2024.


2024 AWQ Topics

  • The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO): Alliance and Collective Defense in a Changing World
  • Demographic Dividends - Population Shift in Africa
  • The Global South
  • Sports and Diplomacy
  • Country in Focus: South Korea
  • Promoting a Green Europe
  • Women's Contributions to Track II Diplomacy
  • Navigating AI: The Global Workforce
  • Great Decisions
  • Current Events

     Teacher's Corner...

    Common Core Standards - Academic WorldQuest contributes to the national Common Core State Standards Initiative by fostering reading comprehension skills for informational text. Topics are compatible with, and enhance, the study of many existing curriculums and AP courses. 

    For more information, please visit this year's official

    AWQ Teacher's Guide

    Or download from SDWAC: HERE

    How To Participate

    Step 1.

    Create and register...

    Your 4-person* team, and on-campus academic advisor, by clicking on one of the two hyperlinks above! 

    The cost is $60 per team

    (waivable per need--check further below for contact).

    Registration deadline is February 12th, 2024.

    *We request that you register a total of 5 team members (4 participants + 1 substitute), to allow for replacements in the event that one of the original 4 cannot attend.

    Step 2.


    AWQ 2023 Study Guide

    All the San Diego competition questions will be drawn from the Official Study Guide--10 questions on 10 topics, for a grand total of 100 questions.

    Step 3.

    Attend and Compete...

    The competition in-person on

    Saturday March 2nd, 2024

    from 9:00am – 12:00pm PST

    Hosted at: El Capitan High School

    Participants in the San Diego Academic WorldQuest competition receive a free,1-year  'student membership' in the San Diego World Affairs Council – a $25 value.

    For more info about the San Diego AWQ competition, contact:

    San Diego AWQ coordinator

     Catherine Greenberg

    Congratulations to the 2023 Winner:

    Team Two from Canyon Crest Academy!



    Mailing Address

    San Diego World Affairs Council (SDWAC)

    PO Box 34010

    San Diego, CA 92163


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