Calling high school students interested in world affairs

TRAVERSE CITY — Registration is now open to all area high school students in Antrim, Benzie, Grand Traverse, Leelanau and Kalkaska counties for the annual Academic WorldQuest competition. Teams consist of four students and an advisor -- and the desire to learn about the world. Participation is free and the deadline to register teams is November 29.

This is the seventh year the International Affairs Forum and Northwestern Michigan College have organized Academic WorldQuest. All participating students will have the chance to win door prizes plus enjoy a free lunch the day of the competition, February 6, 2020 at NMC’s Hagerty Center, noon-4 p.m. The winning team will travel to Washington, DC to compete at the national level in late April, 2020.

Schools can field more than one team. To register, email to indicate your school’s interest by Nov. 29. Teams will answer ten rounds of ten multiple-choice questions. Study materials are provided. This year’s topics are:

  • US-Russia Relations
  • Country in Focus: South Korea
  • Preventing Extremism in Fragile States
  • Oceans: The World’s Garbage Dump
  • Great Decisions
  • Brexit and the EU
  • China’s Belt & Road Initiative
  • Germany: 30 Years After the Fall of the Berlin Wall
  • Qatar and the Future of the Gulf Cooperation Council
  • Current Events

Underwriters, sponsors and prize donors are also sought. Contact Julie Doyal, Coordinator of Academic WorldQuest (

Academic WorldQuest is the flagship high school education program of the World Affairs Councils of America of which the International Affairs Forum is an affiliated partner. More than 4,000 students participate in AWQ competitions across the U.S. with the national competition held in Washington D.C. in late April.

Release Date: November 7, 2019

For more information:

Julie Doyal
(231) 649-1781

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