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Douglas High School is hosting its largest speech and debate tournament ever Jan. 9-10, and organizers are looking to the community for more than 100 judges.

“This is the largest tournament we’ve ever had,” said Rommy Cronin, 9th grade debate coach at Pau-Wa-Lu Middle School. “The focus will be on individual events, speeches and impromptu debate. It’s kind of unique, and we need more people than we normally do.”

Judges need no special qualification or experience, except to be age 18 or older and have an interest in hearing the participants speak.

Marty Cronin, DHS debate coach, will hold two workshops Jan. 5-6 to train potential judges. The workshops will last an hour each and be held at 7:30 p.m. in Room 401 at DHS.

The tournament will be held Jan. 9 from 2:30 to 8:30 p.m., and Jan. 10 from 8:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m., followed by an awards ceremony.

Judges should expect to work for two hours either day, but are invited to participate in more than one match.

Meals and refreshments are provided for the judges.

“We think it’s important to feed our judges well,” said Rommy Cronin.

She said more than 175 students will participate in the two-day tournament from 17 high schools in the Northern Nevada Forensics League.

“We will also be hosting the state championships in March and this will be a good way to get the community exposed to the competition. You will see kids next weekend ranging all the way from beginners to very, very experienced,” she said.

Volunteers are welcome from Carson City and Lake Tahoe, as well as Douglas County, Cronin said.

For information, or to volunteer, call Marty Cronin at DHS, 782-5136, or the Cronins at home, 782-5761. Karen Heine coaches the 9th graders at Carson Valley Middle School.