February and March highlight our investment in the Beaufort County School System with the Regional Competition of the Model UN Program, held in Statesboro, GA, and our local competition for Academic World Quest.
At the Regional Competition the Bluffton High School, the Model UN Team had both an individual Outstanding Delegate and a team Distinguished Distinction Delegation in their portrayal of the USA delegation. While I have no personal experience with the Model UN, Claire Sullivan has described it thoroughly at Board meetings such that I know these awards truly reflect a significant amount of effort on the part of students in the various delegations at Bluffton HS. The skills learned in research, analysis, strategy development and presentation are invaluable lifetime tools for these students going forward.
MARCH MADNESS IS HERE. NO, I am not talking about basketball but rather the local competition for Academic World Quest. We will have ten teams competing for the honor of representing Beaufort County Schools and the World Affairs Council of Hilton Head in the National Competition in Washington DC this April. This is our fifth year of sponsoring the local competition and taking the winner to DC. The very first year the competition was won by Hilton Head HS and for the last three years Beaufort HS has been the winner. Due to competing schedules, I missed the first year but have attended the subsequent years and can attest that the quality of the teams has risen significantly.
This is your opportunity to see these bright and eager young students in action. When you arrive we will give you a scoring sheet so that you can participate along with the student teams, but we will not collect them at the end. In the atmosphere of full disclosure, two phases of the competition are on special subjects that the teams will have studied and you will have not, so you will have to rely on SWAG (sophisticated wild ass guesses) just as I did the last three years — but last year my luck ran out and I was beaten by the winning team by 10 points.
If you come on 12 March for a 9:00 AM start, go past the main entrance to Hilton Head HS, loop behind the Arts Center into the parking lot and come in the entrance to your right front. We are in the Small Gym which will be to your left as you enter. There will be WAC Volunteers to help guide you to the Small Gym. One final note, bring your own cushion — those bleachers are hard.
Lee J. Wilwerding
President, World Affairs Council Hilton Head