Academic WorldQuest™ 2017

Congratulations to duPont Manual High School for winning the 2017 Kentucky and Southern Indiana regional round of the World Affairs Councils of America’s Academic WorldQuest™! The team heads to Washington, D.C. in late April for the national competition finals!

About our recent regional round event:

Saturday, February 4th, 2017
9:00 AM – 2:30 PM

Bellarmine University (Frazier Hall)
2001 Newburg Road
Louisville, KY 40205

The early and late registration deadlines have passed, and registration is now closed for the 2017 competition. For more information about February’s event, please contact:

World Affairs Council of KY/S.IN
Attn.: Brian Easley
2500 Montgomery Street, Suite 6
Louisville, KY 40212

Team Resources:

Download PDF AWQ2017StudyGuide.pdf

BREAKING NEWS: D.D.Williamson Inc. once again is partnering with the World Affairs Council of Kentucky and Southern Indiana to provide the winning Academic WorldQuest™ team a free trip to the National Competition in Washington D.C. The sponsorship covers airfare, lodging and small per diem to be used toward meals and cultural events. We thank D.D.Williamson Inc. for their generous support and making it easier for students to participate in this year’s Academic WorldQuest™ Competition.

Presenting Sponsor

Venue Sponsor

Why Academic WorldQuest™ is Important?

With funding for school programs other than “basics” falling away, the opportunities for high school students to learn geography, world history, and world affairs have dwindled to almost nothing in American high schools while globalization and interdependence continues to knit the world more closely together each passing day and year.

The World Affairs Council system does a lot to counter this isolationist pedagogical trend already through the making of curriculum units for high schools, the organizing of teachers’ workshops, and the sending abroad of teachers and students. We want to build on our already existing and successful programs that seek to reverse this unfortunate and counterproductive educational trend.

How to Play – Program Structure

Academic WorldQuest - World Affairs Council of KY/S. InApproximately 4,000 students across the country participate in competitions hosted by over 40 local World Affairs Councils across the United States. Winning teams are invited to represent their high school, city, and local council at the national competition, held in the spring each year in the nation’s capital, Washington, DC.

Coaching a team is easy!

  • Assemble a team of 4 students.
  • Assist your team in studying the sources listed on the online Study Guide – all questions come from these sources!
  • If your team wins, your travel is sponsored by D.D.Williamson Inc. to attend the National Competition in Washington, D.C. in April 2017!

Schools may register up to 2 teams (4 students in each team). Students may be in 9th through 12th grades. Teams may also register one alternative in case of illness or inability to compete.

Teams compete by answering rounds of questions projected by PowerPoint onto a screen. The questions test their knowledge of current affairs, world leaders, geography, recent history, flags, international organizations, countries, regions, the world economy, culture, religion, and more. A full competition is 100 questions, 10 rounds of 10 questions per round. The winning team is the team with the highest number of right answers. The winning team will qualify for the National Academic WorldQuest™ competition in Washington D.C. (held in April 2017).

2017 Academic WorldQuest™ Categories:

  1. Current Events
  2. Great Decisions
  3. Peace and Conflict in Today’s World
  4. Combating Infectious Disease
  5. The European Union
  6. Countering Violent Extremism
  7. Turkey
  8. Global Megacities
  9. China
  10. Women in Technology

How to Register

You can register online, or, you can download, complete and send the 2017 Academic WorldQuest™ Registration Form to

World Affairs Council of KY/S.IN,
Attn.: Brian Easley
200 W. Broadway, Ste. 607
Louisville, KY 40202

(If mailing in your application, please make all checks payable to the World Affairs Council of KY/S.IN)

*NOTICE: your registration is not confirmed until we receive your registration payment.

Registration Fee & Due Dates:
Early Registration Date – October 31 ($50/team)
Late Registration Date – December 15 ($75/team)

For more information email

National Competition

The winning team from the Kentucky & Southern Indiana competition will qualify for the National Academic WorldQuest™ competition in Washington, D.C. This year’s national competition will be held in April 2017.


Please contact Brian Easley:, or call WAC KY/So. IN at (502) 561-5422.