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George Wythe was an intelligent, courageous, and ethical Virginian who was responsible for inspiring many leaders of the American Revolution. Known for his modesty and dignity, he was so respected by his fellow signers of the Declaration of Independence that when he was absent for the signing, the delegates from Virginia left a space on the document for him to sign later so that his signature would appear first. His influence on those around him was profound.

Future Problem Solving of Virginia annually bestows George Wythe Awards to the outstanding team member in each competitive division. The tribute is unique among FPS honors because nominations must originate from one of the nominee’s fellow teammates. Both the winner and the student submitting the nomination will be recognized at the State Bowl.

This year Wythe Award nomination requirements have changed. Instead of writing an essay describing the team member’s positive characteristics, the nominator must describe an incident that demonstrates the nominee’s worthiness for the award. Here are the new guidelines: Describe only one incident with no attempt to persuade the judges with additional comments. The incident must emphasize either social or team building skills, FPS process skills and/or intellectual and scholarly contributions. The nominee’s coach must endorse the application with a one-word description of the team member’s pattern of behavior in Future Problem Solving.

To nominate one of your teammates, fill out this form following the guidelines specified above. Sign the form, ask your coach to add one word about the nominee and endorse the selection, and mail the completed nomination to Wythe Award Coordinator, 14320 Regatta Pointe Road, Midlothian, VA 23112. Nominations must be postmarked no later than March 16, 2019.

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