NH Academic WorldQuest

 A team competition testing high school students' knowledge of international affairs, geography, history, and culture. 

Congratulations to all 2017 NH Academic WorldQuest participants!

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AWQ 2018 - March 2018

Southern New Hampshire University


Date:March 2018

Time: 10AM-2PM

Registration cost per team: $50

Location:   Southern New Hampshire University


Registration Closed!

Registration Checklist:

1) Complete the Registration Form (1 per team) before February 12

2) Pay $50 team registration fee online or by mail by February 27

3)  Download the 2018 Study Guide

4) Complete the photo releases (1 per team member) and return to WACNH before or at the competition

Team registration includes:
*team's participation in Academic WorldQuest competition, including lunch;              

NotesA team is 1 adult adviser and 4 team members. Optional: 1 alternate team member;   A school can register up to THREE teams.

Competition Topics:

Check back in September 2017

QUESTIONS?  Please contact Elyse Harris, Education Program Manager
First prize: A team trip to Washington D.C. to compete in the National Academic WorldQuest competition in April 2018!

2017 Keynote Speaker: Dylan Mahalingam

Dylan Mahalingam has designed and delivered youth engagement programs since he co-founded Lil’ MDGs when he was 9 years old.  Dylan worked on several successful campaigns and projects that engaged over four (4) million youth from 41 countries to forward the United Nations Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) as of the MDGs conclusion date of December 31, 2015. In 2008, Dylan became the Chief Strategist for Under the Acacia and engages and leads groups worldwide to build sustainable communities in Africa.

Dylan served the Lil’ MDGs between 2004 to 2014 as its Executive Director and from 2014 to 2015 as a Principal Consultant.  He's been a speaker for the United Nations since 2009.  Between 2004 to 2013, he served on the Board of Directors for Jayme’s Fund for Social Justice; between 2011 to 2012 he served on the National Board of Directors for the Nestle Very Best in Youth Foundation; between 2011 to date as a consultant for the International Center of New Media (Austria); between 2009 to 2013 as a consultant for InterfaceFLOR and U.S. Department of Education; and between 2009 to 2012 as a juror for Pirelli Awards (Italy).

Recipient of numerous national and international honors, Dylan was recognized as one of Teen People’s “20 teens that will change the world,” and as one of “25 most powerful and influential young people in the world,” by Huffington Post and Youth Service America. Dylan has presented at TED, appeared on Oprah, and over the last decade, he has keynoted over 100 events, sharing his expertise and passion for youth engagement worldwide. Dylan has also been recognized by The Most Rev. Dr. Desmond Mpilo Tutu, His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, the United Nations, as well as by three U.S. Presidents. Dylan will earn his Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical & Computer Engineering, Interactive Media & Game Development, and Music from Worcester Polytechnic Institute in May 2017 and will work as a Software Engineer for MITRE in Bedford, MA upon graduation.

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2017 AWQ Emcee - Scott Spradling

Scott Spradling is an Emmy award winning former reporter, anchor and political director for WMUR-TV in Manchester, NH. While covering national politics, he worked with and earned the respect of Charlie Gibson, Wolf Blitzer and Ted Koppel. In 2001, Scott was the first local reporter to interview President George W Bush in the Oval Office, soon after his inauguration.  Currently, he owns and runs his own business, The Spradling Group.

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to get an idea of what Academic WorldQuest is all about!


What is Academic WorldQuest?  Academic WorldQuest, the World Affairs Councils of America's flagship student education program, is a team competition testing high school students' knowledge of international affairs, geography, history, and culture.  The main objective of the program is to inform and engage high school students and their teachers across the country in global affairs. Over 4000 students, organized in teams of four, compete in regional Academic WorldQuest™ competitions hosted by World Affairs Councils across the United States. The Regional Champions then compete in the National Competition, held during the spring of each year in Washington, DC.

How does Academic WorldQuest work?  Local World Affairs Councils (like the World Affairs Council of NH) host regional competitions all around the country.  High school students, organized in teams of four, represent their school and compete by answering 10 rounds of multiple choice questions on critical global issues.  A study guide is provided with detailed resources on each of the categories to help students and the team adviser (usually a teacher) to prepare for the competition.  Questions for the competition are drawn from the resources in the study guide.  Winning teams are invited to represent their high school, city, and local council at the National Competition, held in the spring each year in our nation’s capitol, Washington, DC. This special weekend includes the competition as well as substantive programming planned to enhance the global education experience.

Why is Academic WorldQuest important? One of the greatest challenges facing our nation and our schools across the country is preparing our youth for the globally interconnected world of the 21st century. America’s ability to face the economic and security challenges of the 21st century and seize new opportunities is dependent on an educated and informed citizenry and workforce.  But current research shows reason for concern.  American students are performing well below students in other developed nations in science and math and American students are also lacking in basic knowledge of world history, international geography and global issues. The mission of Academic WorldQuest is to help close this gap and prepare the next generation of American decision-makers and opinion leaders to thrive in tomorrow's world, where our national interests and policies are deeply intertwined with those of the greater global community.

What are the benefits of participating?  Academic WorldQuest prepares students for international studies and careers in the global economy. The topics are compatible with, and enhance the study of many existing curricula and AP courses while contributing to the national Common Core State Standards Initiative by fostering reading comprehension skills for informational text.

More questions?  Please contact our Education Program Manager Elyse Harris.

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2500 N. River Road - Manchester - NH - 03106
council@wacnh.org - (603) 314-7970

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