Saint Louis University Academic WorldQuest

Saint Louis University Academic WorldQuest is a world knowledge competition for high school students happening March 4 at SLU. More than 150 high school students from 35 schools in the St. Louis area prepare and participate in the competition to showcase their knowledge of world affairs, geography, history, and world events. The winning team receives an all-expenses-paid trip to Washington D.C. to participate in the national competition.

We appreciate Saint Louis University’s sponsorship of this premier event!

Saint Louis University Academic WorldQuest
presented by the World Affairs Council of St. Louis
March 4, 2020
Busch Center, Saint Louis University

Official Study Guide
WAC-St. Louis provides a list of sources for each AWQ topic category in the official AWQ Study Guide. All local competition and National Competition questions will be drawn from these sources, with the exception of Current Events. Please see the 2020 AWQ Ops Paper, Teachers Guide, and Flyer for useful information.
Possible topics:

  1. U.S.-Russia Relations
  2. Country in Focus: South Korea
  3. Preventing Extremism in Fragile States
  4. Oceans: The World’s Garbage Dump
  5. Great Decisions
  6. Brexit and the EU
  7. China’s Belt & Road Initiative
  8. Germany: 30 Years After the Fall of the Berlin Wall
  9. Qatar and the Future of the Gulf Cooperation Council
  10. Current Events

If your school is interested in competing in March 2020, please fill out the form below! We will be sure to keep you up to date with the latest information regarding Academic WorldQuest!


2018 Academic WorldQuest Competition

Vianney High School takes first place in the 2018 Academic WorldQuest Competition presented by Saint Louis University and the World Affairs Council of St. Louis. They will compete nationally in April in Washington, DC.[/caption]

A team from Vianney High School emerged victorious at the 17th Annual High School Academic WorldQuest Competition, presented by Saint Louis University and the World Affairs Council of St. Louis, Nov. 29.

The Vianney team correctly answered questions on North Korea, space policy, the NATO alliance, global refugees and migration, and current world events to beat out 32 other teams of high schoolers.

Their team included Andrew Chapman, Jack Schlote, Nick Schwarzen, P.J. Wuennenberg, Charlie Preiss and advisor Dennis Matreci.

Moderator Rachel Lippman of St. Louis Public Radio asked 70 questions, such as:

Earlier this month, Facebook came under fire when which political data firm gained access to the private information of 50 million users for the purpose of influencing their political behavior?
1. Global Strategy Group
2. Cambridge Analytica
3. Precision Strategies
4. FP1 Strategies

The Vianney team earned an all-expense paid trip to the National Academic WorldQuest competition to be held in April in Washington, DC.  The competition is hosted by the World Affairs Councils of America.

Taking second in the St. Louis competition was Duchesne High School ($500 prize).

Third place was Fort Zumwalt North ($250 prize).

Rookie of the Year honors were awarded to St. Joseph’s Academy.

“It’s inspiring to see these bright, globally-minded young people gather and compete to see who knows the most,” said World Affairs Council of St. Louis President Pierce Powers, Jr. “We are honored to partner with Saint Louis University and our World Affairs Councils of America organization to make this evening possible.”

Competing Teams

Belleville East High School

Centralia High School

Clayton High School

Cor Jesu Academy

Crossroad College Prep

Duchesne High School

East Alton- Wood River Community High School

Edwardsville High School

Festus High School

Fort Zumwalt North High School

Freeburg High School

Governor French Academy

Granite City Senior High School

Kirkwood High School

Lutheran High School of St. Charles

Lutheran High School North

Lutheran High School South

Marquette High School

McKinley High School

Metro Academic & Classical High School

Metro- East Lutheran High School

Mulberry Grove High School

Notre Dame High School

Oakville High School

Parkway North High School

Pattonville High School

Red Bud High School

St. John Vianney High School (Winner)

St. Joseph’s Academy

Triad High School

Ursuline Academy

Webster Groves High School

Wentzville High School

Youth for Understanding

If your school is interested in competing against the previously listed schools in our 2019-20 competition, please fill out the form below! We will be sure to keep you up to date with the latest information regarding Academic WorldQuest.