World Affairs Council of Hilton Head

News and updates

  • 01 Jul 2018 9:15 AM | Anonymous

    Margaret McManus discussed this year's Summer Forum with Bob Stevens of WHHI TV.

  • 27 Feb 2018 12:39 AM | Anonymous
    If you'd like to listen to recordings of previous speaker meetings, we have posted the 2016-2017 season and are in the process of posting 2017-2018. 

    2016-2017 Audio Recordings Page
    2017-2018 Audio Recordings Page

  • 21 Feb 2018 9:48 PM | Anonymous

    Calendar year 2018 has started with a resounding crescendo. Attendance has ranged from 600 to 780 at the Friday Speaker Series.  For the Richardson presentation, when I pulled into First Pres at 0930 and had to park in the South 40 I knew we were in for a good crowd.  Shortly before the presentation I could see that we would be over 700 and I said to Bill Richardson, “We will be over 700 folks, I will let you decide if it is the speaker or the topic.”  Bill looked up at me, smiled and without hesitation said, “It’s the topic.”  With the various ambassadors we have had this year, each presentation has built on its predecessors in building out a coherent view of US Foreign Policy – its strengths and weaknesses.

    School Engagement

    February is our month for engagement with the students of Beaufort County High Schools, starting with the Model UN Programs at Bluffton, Beaufort, and Hilton Head HS which are the three schools currently participating in the program.  This year we tried something different by offering mentors to the schools and 20 of you stepped up to provide your experience and knowledge of various countries for the students’ benefit.  Jeanie Silletti, our Board member overseeing this program, is currently working up an After-Action Review of what worked, what needs work, and what new opportunities are there to better support these schools/students.

    On 24 February we will be holding our competition for Academic World Quest.  All six County schools are participating with 2 teams each and the winner will go on to the National Competition in Washington DC.  Carlton Dallas, our Board member overseeing this program, has worked long and hard with coaches and students to up their game and be more competitive.  He held two mock sessions with a format identical to our competition, so students could get adjusted to the pace and question variety and for the students to develop their processes for answering questions.  In an email discussion with Jim Foster, Public Affairs Director for the school district, he said they will be video taping the competition and we will post the tape on our website.

    New Website

    And, speaking of websites, if you are reading this letter you successfully navigated onto our new website.  This has been a work in process since mid-summer and a very dedicated team has put in a lot of hours to make this launch successful.  We partnered with our current hosting service’s consulting group to build the new website using a new software package called Wild Apricot which many other Councils are also using.  Having worked at a software company for 10 years, I know launches are never bug free no matter how hard you try.  So, if you find something, send us an email with a screen shot or copy the offending text into the email so that we can react quickly.


    Lee J. Wilwerding President, 
    World Affairs Council Hilton Head

  • 12 Feb 2018 12:02 AM | Anonymous

    In the news: Margaret McManus spoke to WHHI TV on behalf of the World Affairs Council of Hilton Head in this February interview.

  • 04 Feb 2018 11:33 PM | Anonymous

    For the second straight year, a team from May River High School took the top spot in Beaufort County’s annual Academic WorldQuest Competition.

    May River Team No. 1 finished first among nine competing teams from district high schools.  Teams from Beaufort High and Bluffton High came in second and third.

    The winning May River team consisted of:  Amanda Angeles, Courtney Clavel, Blake Maynard, Annalise Sisco and alternate Joy Scheicher, who participated in four of the competition’s 10 rounds.  The team was coached by Nathan Campbell.

    From left (front row), team members Courtney Clavel, Amanda Angeles, Joy Schleicher and Blake Maynard (not pictured, Annalise Sisco).  Back row, team coach Nathan Campbell.


    Beaufort High Team No. 1 finished in second place.  Its members were May Harrelson, Chris Hoogenboom, Alex Mazzeo and Ben Kelley.  The coach was Debbie Kidd.

    Bluffton High Team No. 2 finished in third place.  Its members were Hanna Giblin, Elaine Guo, Rebecca Keating and Caleb Kelly.  The coach was Pam Wolske.

    The World Affairs Council of Hilton Head presented its seventh annual Academic WorldQuest Competition in partnership with the Beaufort County School District.  During Saturday’s competition at May River High, the teams faced a screen where multiple-choice questions were projected.  Teams had 60 seconds to answer each question.  Audience members sat behind the competing teams and were able to see the questions as they were projected on the screen.

    Questions came from categories such as Current Events, Great Decisions, NAFTA, ASEAN at 50, Saudi Arabia, Cybersecurity, and India’s Bid for Global Leadership.

    This year’s winning team from Beaufort County will travel to Washington for the national competition, said Carlton Dallas, a Hilton Head businessman who serves as the project director for WorldQuest in Beaufort County.

    “This is a very talented group of scholars,” Dallas said.  “Extraordinarily so.  And we believe that with the support of their teachers and principal, their coach, their teammates and their parents, that they can represent Beaufort County extremely well in Washington and finish in the top three nationally.”

    May River High’s winning team will receive a traveling trophy that will be displayed at their school for one year. The top three teams also received plaques.

    The competition’s moderator was James Edward Alexander, a former broadcaster and attorney and a WACHH member. 

    Academic WorldQuest is the flagship educational program of the national network of World Affairs Councils and is held annually in more than 40 U.S. cities.

    Thanks to Jim Foster, Director of Communications, Beaufort County School District for the press release, photos, and video.


  • 16 Nov 2017 10:31 PM | Anonymous

    In November, high school students from across the district practiced together for an upcoming Academic World Quest competition. 

    This video of the event was released by Beaufort County School District.

      

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