World AffairsThe knowledge of Beaufort County’s students will be tested next month during a top academic competition.

The Academic WorldQuest is the World Affairs Council of America’s flagship education program, which engages more than 3,000 high school students annually across the U.S., testing their knowledge of global issues and foreign policy.  

The program offers young people a fun and interactive way to learn about critical challenges facing the U.S. and the world, according to a news release. 

Since 2003, the AWQ has been a team game, testing high school students’ knowledge of international affairs. 

The World Affairs Council of Hilton Head is set to host this year’s local competition at Hilton Head High School 9 a.m. March 7.

“We are thrilled to be part of this great program, working in cooperation with the Beaufort County School District, bringing Academic WorldQuest to our county high schools,” said Ivan Bennett, member of the Board of Directors of the World Affairs Council of Hilton Head. 

Since the World Affairs Council of Hilton Head began participating in the competition, Hilton Head High School has won once; Beaufort High School has won three times; May River High School has won twice; and Bluffton High School took the title in 2019, Bennett said.

“We invite the public to come out and test your knowledge of global issues,” Bennett said. “Are you as smart as an AWQ Scholar?”

Beaufort County high school students will join approximately 3,000 other students in the U.S., hosted by about 40 other World Affairs Councils in 26 states. 

The students’ knowledge of international affairs, geography, history, and culture is tested throughout the school year. Winning teams (about 225 students total) of the local competitions are invited to Washington, D.C., to represent their high schools, cities, and local councils. All expenses are paid by the World Affairs Council of Hilton Head, which includes visits to historic sites in addition to the competition.

To volunteer, coach, mentor, or get involved with the program, contact Bennett at 843-816-1498, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or the World Affairs Council of Hilton Head’s office at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..