The World Affairs Council of Charleston is an organization that seeks to teach the public about foreign policy and international relations. Each year, they hold a special ceremony, which honors public high school students for their academic achievements and strong interest in Global Studies. Each year, the ceremony is held at The Citadel in the Holliday Alumni Center.
The Council recognizes one student from each of the public high schools in Charleston County School District each year. In order to qualify for the award, he or she must have the highest average in a World History course, have a B+ average in all of their academic courses, and be recommended by a Social Studies faculty member.
The awards were presented by the President of the World Affairs Council, in the Holliday Alumni Center at The Citadel. The event included a reception, an awards ceremony, and an address by a speaker who provided an in-depth understanding and knowledge of a specific area of global affairs. Each student received a plaque, public recognition, and a book on foreign affairs.
Sophomore Shea James was nominated by West Ashley High School teacher Lindsay Skillman and was named this year’s recipient for WAHS. James is an outstanding student whose hard work shows through her dedication to her schoolwork as she takes some of the most challenging classes that WAHS has to offer.
Academically gifted, James is also a very talented dancer, as she was recently named the lead choreographer for WAHS Fall Drama Performance “#Throwback Thursday”. She also placed in the top five for the Mr. and Miss West Ashley High School Pageant this past January. Her gifts are further noted, as she is the Captain of the WAHS Girls’ Varsity Volleyball Team, recently being named the MVP for this past season. James is also a part of the Girls’ Track Team.
According to her teachers, James is a diligent worker who always tries her best in and out of the classroom. After high school, James plans to major in Psychology and Forensic Science in college, where she wants to help those who suffer from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). James plans to continue to play volleyball as well. She believes that one should “always work hard and do the best with your abilities, even if you fail.”

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