The Ides of March is a day on the Roman calendar that corresponds to March 15. If you were preparing to participate in our Flagship program, Academic World Quest, you’d no doubt know that March 15 was also the day Julius Cesar met his demise on the steps of the Roman senate.
However, this year on March 15, 2014, the World Affairs Council of Hilton Head wishes to invite all members, guests, students and parents to our third annual Academic World Quest competition. Students from five Beaufort County high schools will participate in the local competition scheduled for 9:00 am to 12:00 noon at the Hilton Head High School gymnasium. This year’s theme is Academic WorldQuest 2014: Flex Your Mental Muscles.
Last year, our winning team from Beaufort High School attended the national competition in Washington, DC. While there, they had a personal tour of the PBS NewsHour studio hosted by 2011 speaker and Deputy Executive Producer, Kathleen McCleery, and a personal tour of the Supreme Court.
This year, ten teams representing five high schools, are competing for a chance to represent Beaufort County at the National Academic World Quest competition in Washington D.C. The Council will pay travel expenses for the winning team and provide gift certificates to second and third-place winning teams. We are grateful to Council members and friends whose contributions have made this Flagship program possible for three years in a row here at Hilton Head Island.
Academic World Quest’s purpose is to develop students in our community to become the global leaders of tomorrow. In practice, Academic World Quest is a quick-recall competition featuring ten rounds of questions highlighting a variety of global issues. The audience is encouraged to test its knowledge of current international and global issues along with the students; paper and pencil will be provided for that purpose.
Come out and support our high school teams at this year’s Beaufort County Academic World Quest while flexing your own mental muscles as you play along.
Hope to see you there,