Unit Public Affairs Representatives endure a test of words

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The UPAR representative for 36th Sig. Bn., Camp Walker,Angela Rey extends a congratulatory handshake to USAG Daegu Public Affairs intern Nam, Young-Ho who led his team to victory during the UPAR Vocabulary Tournament, May 17 on Camp Henry. (Photo Mary Grimes)
The UPAR representative for 36th Sig. Bn., Camp Walker,Angela Rey extends a congratulatory handshake to USAG Daegu Public Affairs intern Nam, Young-Ho who led his team to victory during the UPAR Vocabulary Tournament, May 17 on Camp Henry. (Photo Mary Grimes)

Unit Public Affairs Representatives endure a test of words

by: Mary Grimes, USAG Daegu Public Affairs Office | .
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published: May 25, 2013

DAEGU GARRISON — As fate would have it, some participants in the weekly Unit Public Affairs Representatives (UPAR) training conducted by the USAG Daegu Public Affairs Office, found themselves at a loss for words as they battled fiercely for first place and bragging rights in their first ever "UPAR Vocabulary Tournament."

It was "Older and Wiser" versus "Yes, We Can" during the May 16th match held in a Camp Henry venue provided by UPAR supporter, the USAG Daegu Equal Employment Opportunity Office. Game- players were given the opportunity to choose their team members, and encouraged to do so with care. After little discussion, the overly confident teams chose the way of tradition--opting for the "boy versus girl" team format.

The game at the ready, the first group stepped up and at the signal, began shuffling electronic lettered tiles in hopes of coming up with as many words as possible before time ran out. Rounds one and two found both UPAR teams almost neck-in-neck with their scores. With round three as the deciding game, panic and perseverance was accentuated only by determination. Moving at record speed, interns, KNs, and a U.S. DoD civilian, did everything they could to land the winning score. Yells, and screams of excitement pierced the air as the clock ticked to its end, the game ended with "Older and Wiser" becoming the undisputed high scorers. For the “Yes, We Can” team, the loss came as a shock, and a surprise, but in true sportsmanship fashion, they extended kudos and congratulations to their classmates.

Before the tournament began, UPARs participated in a training session that included a front to back review of the current edition of the Morning Calm Newspaper. According to a USAG Daegu Public Affairs official, "The critique of the newspaper represents a ‘lessons learned’ opportunity. It's a chance to see what was done in the past week by the other regions, and serves as an opportunity for Area IV UPARS to learn and improve their own writing and reporting behaviors and tendencies."

The two and a half hours weekly training session covers a wide range of journalism and public affairs-related topics. During this training session, UPARS were trained on misleading headlines, the significance of sidebars, identifying customer needs, and the importance of maintaining a positive public affairs image.

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