Academic WorldQuest Competition

The 2019 winning team from Waiakea High School:
Kevin Li, Gaayatri Godbole, Haruna Tomono, and Benjamin Vento, with their teacher advisor Ms. Whitney Aragaki.


*Please Note: Our traditional programming has been impacted due to COVID-19. Click to learn more about WorldQuest 2021-2022!


The Academic WorldQuest Competition is an exciting global trivia competition for high school students. Prior to the onset of COVID-19, students, in teams of four, tested their International IQ and the winning team won a trip to Washington, D.C. to compete in the National Academic WorldQuest Competition. The Hawaiʻi competition is generously sponsored by the Mamoru and Aiko Takitani Foundation

Academic WorldQuest is a flagship program of the World Affairs Councils of America, a network of over 100 councils that engages more than 4,000 high school students annually across the U.S. to test their knowledge of global issues and foreign policy.


2019 Academic WorldQuest Competition
The 2019 Academic WorldQuest Competition was held on November 16, 2019 at UH Campus Center Ballroom, Maui High, Kealakehe High, and Waiakea High.  The 2019 categories were: China's Belt & Road Initiative, Country in Focus: South Korea, Oceans: The World's Garbage Dump, U.S.-Russia Relations, Brexit and the EU, and Current Events. A study guide was provided with the competition format and detailed resources on each of the categories to help students and teachers to prepare for the competition. Read more about the 2019 event.