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The Carlos and Malú Alvarez 2019 Academic WorldQuest National Competition

Some 50 World Affairs Councils hold local AWQ competitions for high school students in their communities. Since 2003, winning teams have traveled to Washington, DC every April to vie for the national championship.

The World Affairs Councils of America’s flagship youth education program is a fun, fast-paced team competition that engages 5,000+ high school students annually. Academic WorldQuest tests players’ knowledge of current international politics, geography, global economics, history, and world cultures.

The national competition is attended by more than 250 of the nation's most promising high school students, along with their parents, teachers, and chaperones. The 5-hour AWQ competition is a unique opportunity for many students to visit the nation's capital for the first time.

The Carlos and Malú Alvarez Academic WorldQuest National Competition honors the tremendous dedication and philanthropic support of WACA National Board member Carlos Alvarez and his wife Malú to our flagship program and the Academic WorldQuest Endowment Fund.

The Carlos and Malú Alvarez 2019 Academic WorldQuest National Competition was held on Saturday, April 27, at the United States Institute of Peace in Washington, DC. Photos available here and here. A welcome reception was held on Friday, April 26, at the Qatar-America Institute.Photos available here.

Council VIPs for the 2019 AWQ National Competition were:

Click here to see the questions and answers for this year's National Competition.

Thank you to our sponsors: The Embassy of the State of QatarThe Gambrinus CompanyThe United States Institute of PeaceJohnson+Sterling, the Foreign Policy AssociationSasakawa Peace Foundation USA, Carnegie Corporation of New York, Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany, and NATO.    

Watch the 2019 AWQ National Competition Rounds and Keynote

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