Academic WorldQuest Competition

Friday, February 26, 2021

This year’s Academic WorldQuest Competition will be held virtually, split into three events held in February, March, and April. We’ll miss seeing everyone in-person, but the changes we’ve made will make it safe, convenient to compete, and of course, fun!  Download the event flyer here.


Competition Dates:

Friday, February 26, 2021 at 6:30 - 7:30pm
Categories: Global Protests, Looking to a Post-Pandemic Economy, and Current Events (from January - February)

Thursday, March 25, 2021 at 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Categories: The U.S. Foreign Service in the 21st Century, Fraying Alliances, and Current Events (from February - March)

Wednesday, April 14, 2021 at 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Categories: Country in Focus: Uzbekistan, the ILO, and Current Events (from March - April)

Who can participate:

* Any student currently enrolled in a Hawaiʻi high school is eligible to compete, but will require having a strong enough internet connection to access Zoom, MyQuiz, and communicate with their teammates during the competition. 

* Teams can have between 1 - 4 students.

* Teams must arrange their own group call to communicate if they aren’t in the same physical space during competitions. Keep in mind that the more people you have, the trickier it may be to maintain strong internet connection during competitions. 

* Teams can be made up of students from different schools, however, you will not be eligible to compete in the National competition.  


Competition Format:

* All competitions will be held virtually this year via two apps - Zoom and MyQuiz.  All students must log on to Zoom - this is where the questions will be shown and the competition emceed.  Only one member of the team will log on to MyQuiz to submit the team’s answers. 

* There will be 3 rounds per competition with 10 multiple questions in each round.  Each question will have an automatically timed period in which to submit answers. Answers will be revealed immediately after the question. 

* Bonus points will be awarded for speed - the faster you submit an answer, the more points you get if it was correct

* Challenges are not allowed this year. 


Monthly Competition Prizes
During each competition the following prizes will be awarded (values listed are prize totals for the team):

Hawaiʻi Grand Prizes
Prizes will be awarded to the top 10 teams who have the overall highest point totals across all three monthly competitions (values listed are prize totals for the team). 

Prize packages will be announced before each competition, but could include items such as home projectors, 3D printing pens, gift cards to local cafes, or a curated set of items from a country PAAC study tours visit. Prizes may vary each month.

The national competition is currently scheduled to be held virtually on April 16 and 17. The top three highest-scoring teams from Hawaii will be eligible to participate, provided they are made up of students from the same schools.


* Each member of your team must register individually. 

* There is no cost to participate in WorldQuest this year.

* You only need to register your team once to be automatically enrolled for all three competitions and receive reminders. However, you do not need to compete in all of the monthly competitions. You can compete in just one or two and still be eligible for prizes. 

* Registration for the February competition is due by February 24 at 5pm. If you sign up after this deadline, you will be registered for the March/April competitions. The deadline to register for each month’s competition is 2 days prior at 5pm.

* The team members you list in your registration are set for all three competitions. If you want to change team members, you must re-register as a new team. If you change team members, any points you accumulated during prior competitions will not carry over towards your total score.


Study Guide: 

Access your study guide and the official rules hereGood luck!