Naples Council on World Affairs

Academic WorldQuest



For the past seven years, the Naples Council on World Affairs School Outreach Committee has sponsored an Academic World Quest Competition for middle school students from the public and independent schools of Collier County. The MSAWQ has as its objective promoting middle school student awareness of the interrelationship of the United States and world nations, historically and at present.  The competition for 2015 took place Saturday, February 21, 9:00 AM, at the Community School of Naples. The School Superintendent Kamela Patton opened the event. The students answered questions in the following categories:


World Geography

Country Names Then and Now


Forms of Government

Five Major Religions

Capitals of the World

Current World Leaders

U.S. Military Conflicts Prior to the Civil War

U.S. Presidents and International Affairs

World Headline News (October, 2013 - December, 2013)


Over 100 students and their coaches/teachers from 9 middle schools were involved in the 2015 competition.  Winning student team members received Barnes & Noble gift certificates and Academic Excellence Medals.  For this year's MSAWQ, the winning teams from the following middle schools are:


First Place: Pine Ridge Middle School, Team A

Second Place: Oakridge Middle School, Team A

Third Place Tie: North Naples Middle School, Team A and Community School of Naples, Team D


Following are some pictures from the event:

First Place Winners Pine Ridge, Team A with Donna Suddeth program organizer -


Second Place: Oakridge Middle School, Team A -




Superintendent Kamela Patton with Dan Bumstead and Mimi Gregory, Outreach and Program Chairs  -





2017 Academic World Quest Winners



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)

The High School Academic WorldQuest competition was held on Saturday, March 15, 2014 at the Community School.  The 2013-2014 categories focused on the Six Top Nation Security Issues for the President in 2014, voted on and chosen by the leaders of World Affairs Councils across the country.  The six issues are Cybersecurity, U.S. Energy Policy, Global Economic Realignment, the Middle East, Global Environmental Issues, and U.S. Education.


Nine Collier County high schools participated, many of them with multiple teams.  There were 76 students in 19 teams. 


The winners of the 2013-2014 High school Academic WorldQuest:

1st Place: Gulf Coast Team A

2nd Place: Community School Team A

3rd Place: Gulf Coast Team B


The winning team members Grayson Lanza, Wyatt Navarro, Jack Lindsay, Nathan Brown, and Peter Torres and their teacher/coach, Susan Soulard, were awarded an all-expense trip to Washington, D.C., to compete in the Academic WorldQuest National competition. This competition took place on Saturday,  April 26, at Georgetown University.


Details for next year’s competition will be available in the fall.

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