Academic WorldQuest

15th Annual International Knowledge Competition for High School
February 22, 2017

Academic WorldQuest 2017Which country has the world’s only non-quadrilateral flag?

What specific event is credited for igniting the Arab Spring? What is the official language of Suriname?

Academic WorldQuest is an annual competition held in late winter that provides local high school students with the opportunity to test their knowledge of all things international.

Participating schools send teams of four students, who answer questions focusing on international affairs, current events, the global economy, geography, flags, world history, and general knowledge about the world.

Academic WorldQuest 2017Prizes are awarded to the first, second, and third place teams. The winning team is sponsored to participate in the National Academic WorldQuest competition in Washington, D.C., hosted by the World Affairs Councils of America each spring.

Who Can Play
This is a team competition. Teams consist of four high school students from the same school. In order to allow for as many schools as possible to participate, only one team per school district is permitted to enter the competition.

2017 Academic WorldQuest Topics

  • Current Events
  • Geography and Flags
  • People in the News
  • The World in the 1910s
  • Global Health
  • East Asia
  • Global Power in Transition
  • MENAT (Middle East, North Africa, and Turkey)

2017 Academic WorldQuest Resources

Download the preparation guide and start studying.

Download the competition rules and description sheet.

What is the Grand Prize?
The 1st place team advances to the National Academic WorldQuest competition to be held in Washington, DC on April 23, 2017, sponsored by the World Affairs Councils of America. Participants at the national competition will enjoy a weekend of exciting activities. These events, as well as hotel and a portion of the travel expenses, will be covered for the winning team and one teacher sponsor or chaperone. There also are awards for 2nd and 3rd place teams.

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If you have questions, please contact Emily Markham at the World Affairs Council at 412-281-7027 or at

Congratulations to the 2016 Academic WorldQuest Winners!

Academic WorldQuest Winners 2016

Shadyside Academy – 1st Place (shown above)

Second Place – Taylor Allderdice High School

Upper St. Clair High School – 3rd Place

Thank you to our 2016 event co-sponsor