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Seeking Judges And Community Support For Local Speech & Debate Tournament Sept. 23

on September 13, 2017 - 12:50pm
LAHS News:
 
The Los Alamos High School Hilltalkers and the Los Alamos Middle School Hawktalkers speech and debate teams will be hosting the “Peak Debate Tournament” Saturday, Sept. 23, at Los Alamos High School.
 
The Peak Tournament marks the first debate tournament of the 2017-2018 season and will be attended by over 100 students from across New Mexico. Los Alamos High School coach Margo Batha and Los Alamos Middle School coach Sherri Bublitz are seeking volunteers to judge debate rounds or donate food to feed visiting coaches and volunteer judges.
 
Approximately one hundred judges are needed to volunteer a total of two hundred hours.
 
The Hilltalkers and the Hawktalkers welcome volunteer judges over the age of eighteen who work in  in any profession. Volunteers may or may not be associated with Los Alamos Public Schools. Judges must commit to a minimum of two volunteer hours and will be compensated with free food and much appreciation from students and coaches.
 
Training is not required, but a training session is 5:30-7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 19 at the Mesa Public Library meeting rooms for all interested parties.
 
A variety of snacks, entrées, and beverages are needed to feed the  judges and who will be volunteering their time at the Peak Tournament. Donations of disposable plates, silverware, and napkins are also welcome and appreciated. Food and drink donations may be dropped off Friday, Sept. 22 at Los Alamos High School.
 
In addition to the traditional debate formats of Public Forum debate, Lincoln Douglas debate, and Policy debate, the Los Alamos High School Hilltalkers and the Los Alamos Middle School Hawktalkers are excited to offer a new format of debate, Big Questions debate. Big Questions is a debate format sponsored by the National Speech and Debate Association and supported by a grant from the John Templeton Foundation. High school and middle school students will grapple with complex worldview questions as they debate both sides of the 2017-2018 topic: Resolved: Humans are fundamentally different from other animals.
 
Please register to volunteer to judge at the tournament or donate food and supplies by visiting Los Alamos Invitational Margo Batha, head coach for the Hilltalkers stated, “The Hawktalkers and the Hilltalkers are excited to host our 55th annual tournament. We have a reputation for hosting one of the best tournaments in New Mexico, and we looking forward to another successful tournament.” Sherri Bublitz, coach of the Hawktalkers and Secretary of the New Mexico State Speech and Debate Association said, “Our teams’ successes are due to the outstanding support we receive from the Los Alamos community. Without parents, community volunteers, and former speech/debate students, our teams would not be as strong as they are. We look forward to seeing many of you again at our home
tournament!”

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