WorldQuest Global Knowledge Competition
Each year, the Council hosts WorldQuest Global Knowledge Competition, involving teams of high school students from Oregon and Southwest Washington—matching wits around global culture, current events, history, geography, and much more! Begun in 2003, WorldQuest has taken on a life of its own, adding a new energy to classrooms, while helping students meet state standards and advance critical learning.
Participating schools (about 40 teams!) are invited to send one or two teams to show off their global knowledge chops. The topics change each year and are based on the national competition. Each team is comprised of up to four students, grades 9 through 12, and may be coached by a teacher, youth leader or parent from the competing school. Like a high-energy game-show, teams compete simultaneously to answer questions, battling against the clock and their fellow WorldQuesters – all the while fueling an interest in the areas of history, culture, international affairs, current events, and more.The day-long competition is free and usually takes place in late February and includes a delicious ethnic meal, a variety of cultural experiences and a chance to meet with International students and visitors.
The winning team receives a $2000 prize to compete in the National WorldQuest Competition held annually in Washington, D.C. in early April. The top three teams will receive an International Trophy to display in their school. Each team leaves with WorldQuest T-Shirts as well as new friendships with students from around the world. To qualify for WorldQuest you must be in grades 9-12, have a curiosity about the world, and make a commitment to your teammates to learn and — above all — have fun.