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W.Va. rotaries host World Affairs Seminar for high school students

April 27, 2012
  • Six high schools participated in the World Affairs Seminar for high school students.
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Shepherdstown, W.Va. — The Shepherdstown and Martinsburg Rotary clubs held their annual World Affairs Seminar for area high school students on March 16 at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services' National Conservation Training Center here.

The seminar was cosponsored by NCTC 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, an award-winning cinematographer; science writer Richard Preston; Tom Butler, an environmental foundation editorial projects director; Ntombiza Lingani, a South African entrepreneur; Mark Cucuzzella, a local physician and co-founder of the Freedom's Run marathon event; and Kylie Unger, a student at Hedgesville High School.

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

Local Rotarians have sponsored this World Affairs Seminar for the past 49 years.

The event was initiated by the Martinsburg Rotary Club and Dr. Blaine Groves, a Martinsburg physician. It has been a collaborative project of the Martinsburg and Shepherdstown Rotary clubs for the past 21 years.

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