It has been said that considering William T. Dwyer High School recently hosted the “Barbara Dale Lauder McCall Grand Finals National Qualifying Tournament” for the National Tournament (debating competition) to be held in Chicago on May 23-27th and while still on the heels of its State Championship in football this year, there is a certain poetic juxtaposition (the state of being close together) between the school’s elite athletes, and its fledgling, but now thriving speech and debate team, which qualified five students (three of whom are freshmen) to attend the National tournament, that William T. Dwyer High School may have well started to forge a unique identity as a true “renaissance” school, in keeping with the man for whom the school is named.
When we use the term “renaissance”, what exactly do we mean? As a noun (person, place or thing) we could say it means: a situation or period of time when there is a new interest in something that has not been popular in a long time or a period of new growth or activity. A prime example of this would be the period of European history between the 14th and 17th centuries when there was a new interest in science and in ancient art and literature especially in Italy known as the Renaissance.
According to a recent press release by the School District of Palm Beach County, William T. Dwyer, located in Palm Beach Gardens, proudly brings together students from three north county communities: Palm Beach Gardens, Jupiter and Riviera Beach. This diverse academic institution continues to grow and thrive in so many areas. In addition to its stellar athletics, the school hosts high-level academic programs in its Finance Academy and its International Baccalaureate program, and provides “real-world” academic training in its Early Childhood and Culinary Academies. Add to those opportunities a highly successful Jr. ROTC program, and a nurturing academic home to students with special needs, and one can see the magical confluence known as William T. Dwyer High School.
Special congrats to William T. Dwyer’s debate team and all the best for the Nationals in Chicago this May.
Please see and read attached information list on debating, common-core standards, public speaking, et al.
REF: SDPBC (Press Release) Public Affairs Office, Mar. 2014