Academic WorldQuest

Academic WorldQuest (AWQ) is a team game challenging competitors’ knowledge of international issues in areas like geography, history, current events, culture and more. As the Council’s largest education initiative, AWQ began in 2005 with three teams and has grown to include almost 60 high school teams from around the state. AWQ is an exciting ‘global gauntlet’ challenge engaging students in international affairs as teams compete for the opportunity to represent Montana at the national competition in Washington D.C., a trip made possible with the generous support of the Dennis and Phyllis Washington Foundation.

Teams of four high school students from any grade level put their heads together to answer 10 rounds / 10 multiple choice questions per round, on critical global issues. Last year, teams traveled to Missoula from all corners of the state,  Livingston,  Columbus, Troy, Gardiner, Billings, Frenchtown, Geraldine, Livingston, Belgrade, Arlee, and students from the Homeschool community to participate in the global event.


Academic WorldQuest 2015 – Tuesday February, 24th

AWQ 2015 Information Packet

Online Registration Form

AWQ Study Guide 2015

AWQ Answer Key 2015

AWQ Sample Questions from 2014

Academic WorldQuest: Bringing the World to Montana’s Students


Represent Montana in Washington D.C. 

Each year, the winning team from the state competition travels to Washington D.C. with their advisor to represent Montana at the National Academic WorldQuest Competition where they compete against other teams from public, private, and charter schools from across the county. Montana’s winning teams have from across the state, including French Town High School in 2013, Billings Skyview in 2011 and 2009, and Hellgate High School in previous years.  These teams have represented our state well, often placing in the top 10, and have even placed in 2nd and 4th on two separate occasions.  While in Washington, teams participate in a variety of global events and tours. This exciting program is generously sponsored by the Dennis and Phyllis Washington Foundation.

Benefits of AWQ

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 curriculums and AP courses. In addition, AWQ provides students from the winning team with a sponsored trip to Washington, D.C. to compete in the national competition, as well as a $1,000 scholarship to each student of winning team to the
University of Montana.

Academic WorldQuest Information 2015

  • Event date: Tuesday, February 24th | University of Montana, University Center Ballroom
  • Last day to register: January 16th, 2015 | Cost – $65 per team / $60 Early Registration (early registration deadline December 19th, 2014)
  • The Council does not want cost to discourage participation. Please contact us to discuss fundraising and sponsorship if funding is an issue
  • Each participant will receive an AWQ t-shirt and sponsored dinner
  • Schools may bring up to three teams. Space is limited, so early registration is advised!

 Feel free to contact us / 406.728.3328 for additional details.

February 24, 2015 Tentative Schedule of Events 

* 9:30 am – Registration Begins – University of Montana
* 10:00 am – UM Foreign Student Panel
* 11:15 am – Presentation by Ambassador Mark Johnson (ret.)
* 12:15 pm – Open lunch (UC Commons)
* 1:15 pm – Global Team Challenge
* 2:30 pm – Foreign Film Discussion with UM Professor Dr. Udo Fluck
* 4:30 pm – Welcome Remarks / AWQ Team Competition – Rounds 1-5
* 5:30 pm – Sponsored Team Dinner
* 6:30 pm – Competition Resumes – Rounds 6-10
* 7:30 pm – Awards Ceremony
We are excited to announce the 2014 Master of Ceremonies, Missoula Mayor John Engen!


 Register Here Today!


Thank you to our Generous Sponsors who made AWQ 2015 Possible!