The Carlos and MalĂș Alvarez

2022 Academic WorldQuest Competition

March 5th, 2022

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 on April 29-30th, 2022.


2022 AWQ Topics

  • 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:
  1. Global Supply Chains and National Security
  2.  Persian Gulf Security Issues
  3.  Brexit and the European Union 
  4.  Struggles Over the Melting Arctic 
  5.  China’s Role in Africa
  6.  The Korean Peninsula
  7.  Roles of International Organizations in a Global Pandemic
  8. The End of Globalization?
  • 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

 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 March 1st, 2022.

*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 2021-2022 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 5, 2022 from

9:00am – 1:00pm PST

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

 David Edick Jr.


or (619) 438-4696

Congratulations to the 2021 Winner:

Canyon Crest Academy!



Mailing Address

San Diego World Affairs Council (SDWAC)

PO Box 34010

San Diego, CA 92163



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