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Rotary clubs' world affairs seminar held in Shepherdstown

April 01, 2012
  • High school students listen to Tom Butler, an environmental foundation editorial projects director, as he gives a presentation March 16 during the annual World Affairs Seminar at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services National Conservation Training Center in Shepherdstown, W.Va.
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SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va. — The Shepherdstown and Martinsburg (W.Va.) Rotary clubs held their annual World Affairs Seminar for area high school students March 16 at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services’ National Conservation Training Center in Shepherdstown.

The seminar was co-sponsored by the training center and its theme was “Connecting With Nature.” It included a series of presentations, discussions and hands-on activities intended to foster greater engagement in the natural world and appreciation of the importance of good stewardship.

Speakers included Louie Schwartzberg, award-winning cinematographer; science writer Richard Preston; Tom Butler, environmental foundation editorial projects director; Ntombiza Lingani, South African entrepreneur; Mark Cucuzzella, local physician and co-founder of the Freedom’s Run marathon event; and Kylie Unger, student at Hedgesville (W.Va.) High School.

More than 100 students participated from Jefferson, Washington, Martinsburg, Musselman, Hedgesville and St. Maria Goretti high schools.

With the training center’s help, the seminar was, for the first time, organized as a TEDx event that was digitally recorded and will be made available online.

TEDx events are a project of TED (Technology, Entertainment and Design), a nonprofit organization that uses conferences and electronic media to help disseminate “ideas worth spreading.”

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