The Charles & Priscilla Porter 2018 ACADEMIC WORLDQUEST

A Project of the World Affairs Council of the Desert

Academic WorldQuest is a team competition that tests high school students’ knowledge of international affairs. Join the QUEST on December 6, 2018 for the 14th annual competition to be held at the Indian Wells Theater on the Palm Desert Campus of California State University, San Bernardino. The winning team will compete in the national Academic WorldQuest to be held in Washington D.C. in April 2019.

WHO CAN SEND A TEAM?  Any high school, public or private, in the Coachella Valley can register a team.

WHAT MAKES UP A TEAM?  A team consists of four (4) high school students. They may be freshmen, sophomores, juniors, or seniors. Each team must have a coach.

PLEDGING A TEAM  Submit the entry form on or before October 19, 2018 to Regina Garrison at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. The entry form and other information is available online (see links below). There is no fee to pledge a team. Each high school may enter one team.

SPECIAL FEATURES AND AWARDS  Scholarships will be awarded to each student on the top three teams: 1st Place $300, 2nd Place $200, and 3rd place $100. Special awards will be given to teams for categories such as Most School Spirit, International Dress, Most Professional Dress and Most Improved.



Thursday, December 6, 2018 from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Indian Wells Theater, CSUSB Palm Desert Campus

37-500 Cook Street, Palm Desert

Students and team coaches are expected to arrive by 4:00 p.m.

HOW TO PLAY  The Academic WorldQuest competition is a contest between 4-person teams, each representing a high school. It is moderated by a prominent figure in the field of international affairs or journalism. Teams compete by answering multiple-choice rounds of questions. A full competition is 50 questions, with 5 rounds of 10 questions per round. Each team has to submit a single answer to each question. The team with the highest number of correct answers wins. Trophies are awarded to the top three teams, plus cash prizes and other gifts are given.

CONTEST QUESTIONS  Questions will have four multiple choice answers. Questions will be projected on a screen and will be read aloud by a moderator. Teams will have 45 seconds to discuss each question and write down their answer. Answer sheets will be collected at the end of every round. All questions will be drawn from the sources listed in the Study Guide. The topics for the 2018 competition will be available the third week of September.


Refer the website: and click on WORLDQUEST or go to


2018 Entry Form

2018 Student Data Sheet

2018 Release of Liability Form

Study Guide for Academic WorldQuest of the Desert- All questions will be drawn from the sources listed in the Study Guide.

Sample Questions for Academic WorldQuest of the Desert

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