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Ministry of Arts and SciencesGreetings all from the Kingdom A&S Minister, Master Philip White.

You all may remember how impressed I was with this past year’s King’s and Queen’s A&S Champion’s Competition. Mistress Elysabeth Underhill and Master Magnus Hvalmagi organized an activity highly praised by the entrants and judges alike.

We want to build on their success as we plan for future A&S Champion’s Competitions. We also want to take advantage of what worked at the Kingdom competition and make it easy for other groups to use throughout the year.

To those ends, Mistress Elysabeth and Master Magnus have agreed to work with me as Kingdom A&S Special Deputies.

In particular, their roles will be to:

1. Refine the judging rubric and publish this spring
2. Refine the competition rules and publish this spring
3. Run the next King’s and Queen’s A&S Champion’s Competition, including registering entrants and organizing judges

If you are interested in helping with any of these tasks please contact them. They will be gathering feedback from the populace as well as recent A&S Champion’s Competition judges and entrants.

Our goals are:

1. Set expectations early for the next competition
2. Help artisans plan in advance and understand those expectations
3. Train more judges
4. Build consistency

We hope this will make the process easier and more enjoyable. We also think that this fosters learning and teaching throughout the year in addition to the competition.

These roles and goals are specific to the administrative aspects of the competition. The Champions will be chosen by the Royalty in the manner of their choosing.

We will be working together with Lady Sofya Gianetta di Trieste, Queen’s Champion of Arts and Sciences, and Lady Raziya bint Rusa, King’s Champion of Arts and Sciences.

In addition to their roles representing the Kingdom, they will advise and assist the A&S Office in these administrative tasks associated with the competition.

Your Servant to Command,

~philip