The 2020 Academic WorldQuest Competition
A Project of World Affairs Council of the Desert
Academic WorldQuest is a team competition that tests high school students’ knowledge of international affairs. The 15th annual competition will take place on February 4, 2020 at the Indian Wells Theater on the Palm Desert Campus of California State University, San Bernardino. The winning team will compete in the national Academic WorldQuest to be held in Washington D.C., April 23 thru April 25, 2020.
WHO CAN SEND A TEAM? Any high school, public or private, in the Coachella Valley can register a team.
WHAT MAKES UP A TEAM? A team consists of four (4) high school students. They may be freshmen, sophomores, juniors, or seniors. Each team must have a coach.
PLEDGING A TEAM Entry forms must be submitted to Regina Garrison at firstname.lastname@example.org. The entry form and other information is available at the links below. There is no fee to pledge a team. Each high school may enter one team.
SPECIAL FEATURES AND AWARDS Scholarships will be awarded to each student on the top three teams: 1st Place $300, 2nd Place $200, and 3rd place $100. Special awards will be given to teams for categories such as Most School Spirit, International Dress, Most Professional Dress and Most Improved.
DATE AND LOCATION
February 4, 2020
Indian Wells Theater, CSUSB Palm Desert Campus
37-500 Cook Street, Palm Desert
HOW TO PLAY The Academic WorldQuest competition is a contest between 4-person teams, each representing a high school. It is moderated by a prominent figure in the field of international affairs or journalism. Teams compete by answering multiple-choice rounds of questions. A full competition is 50 questions, with 5 rounds of 10 questions per round. Each team has to submit a single answer to each question. The team with the highest number of correct answers wins. Trophies are awarded to the top three teams, plus cash prizes and other gifts are given.
CONTEST QUESTIONS Questions will have four multiple choice answers. Questions will be projected on a screen and will be read aloud by a moderator. Teams will have 45 seconds to discuss each question and write down their answer. Answer sheets will be collected at the end of every round. All questions will be drawn from the sources listed in the Study Guide. The topics for the 2020 local competition are as follows:
All questions will be drawn from the sources listed in the Study Guide.
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Introducing three members of the Palm Desert High School Winning Team of 2018. And did you know that they came in Second Place in the National WorldQuest Competition in Washington, DC, in April, 2018!!