Naples Council
World Affairs
Our mission is to educate, inspire and engage our community in international affairs and critical global issues

2018 Academic World Quests will be held on these dates:  

 - High Schools: February 24th at the Community School of Naples

 - Middle Schools: March 24th at the Community School of Naples


Academic WorldQuest



For more than a decade the Naples Council on World Affairs has sponsored an Academic World Quest (AWQ) competition for public and independent high schools and middle schools in Collier County. The objective of both programs is to promote student awareness of world affairs and of the role of the United States in the international political system.


The 2017 Middle School AWQ took place on Saturday, March 25 at the Community School of Naples. After Collier County School Superintendent Kamela Patton opened the competition, the students answered ten questions each from the following categories:

  1. World geography
  2. Forms of world government
  3. World capitals
  4. International business
  5. Ancient civilizations of the world
  6. World Culture
  7. US History, 1812-1860.
  8. US government in world affairs
  9. World leaders
  10. Current world events from 2016

First place: Oakridge Middle School Team A

Second place: Gulfview Middle School Team A

Third place: Community School Team B


The following photos are from the 2017 Middle School AWQ.


1st Place Oakridge M.S.
John Bekhash, Hadi Dalao, Bharath Ram, Justin Wang

2nd Place Gulfview M.S.
Caroline Corban, Aidan Hubbell, Camilo Quintero, Grace Van Poelvoorde
3rd Place The Community School of Naples
Nick Diamond, Noah Findlay McDougall, George Richards, Alex Rowe



The 2017 High School Academic World Quest was held on Saturday, February 25, at the Community School of Naples. Mr. Luis Solano, Associate Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction at Collier County schools, welcomed the students and encouraged their future study of world affairs. Questions for this competition are developed by the World Affairs Council of America, and consisted of ten questions each from the following categories:

  1. Current Events
  2. Great Decisions
  3. Peace and conflict in today’s world
  4. Combatting infectious diseases
  5. The European Union
  6. Countering violent extremism
  7. Turkey
  8. Global megacities
  9. China
  10. Women in technology

Nineteen teams from eight high schools participated in the competition. The winning teams were:

               First place: Gulf Coast High School Team A

               Second place: Gulf Coast High School Team C

               Third place: Golden Gate High School Team A

The 2nd and 3rd place teams received Barnes and Noble gift certificates and medals for academic excellence. The first place team will have their school’s name engraved on the trophy and will travel to Washington, D.C. in April 2017 to participate in the national Academic World Quest competition.


The following photos are from the 2017 High School AWQ.


1st Place Gulf Coast H.S.
L to R - Jan Guben (NCWA Chair), Will McCann, Dillon Lewis, Jake Fecher, Robert Beatty, Donna Suddeth (NCWA Pres.)

2nd Place Gulf Coast H.S.
L to R - Michael Mizell, Kailyn Kugel, Camille Strackbein, Connor Bligh, Donna Suddeth (NCWA President)
3rd Place Golden Gate H.S.
L to R - Lee Andre Alexandre, Adyan Munsuarrieta, Maria Martinez, Donna Suddeth (NCWA President)


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