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Debate coaches needed for tourney

Staff reports

Judges are being sought for Douglas High School’s first Jennifer Smith Memorial forensics tournament to be held at Jan. 8 and 9, 1999, at the school.

The tournament is named after a Douglas High School student and member of the DHS forensics team who died last July in an automobile accident on Buckeye Road.

“Jennifer had been a member of the team for three years and would have been a senior this year,” said DHS debate coach Marty Cronin.

She started as a freshman at Carson Valley Middle School and was very active in speech and debate, specializing in extemporaneous speaking and Lincoln-Douglas debate.

“We have really missed her competitive spirit and enthusiasm this year,” Cronin said.

As always, Cronin added, the team needs the support of the community to help with judging and will require between 100 and 150 volunteer judges.

Judges will be needed from 3 to 9:15 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 8, and between 8:15 a.m. and 8 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 9.

More than 200 students from across Northern Nevada will compete at the tournament. Volunteer coaches may learn about judging (or take a refresher if they have already been a debate judge) at two clinics set for Cronin’s classroom, Room 401 at DHS, Monday, Jan. 4, 1999, and Wednesday, Jan. 6, 1999, at 7 p.m.

Anyone who is interested in helping should call Cronin at 782-5136 at Douglas High School or home at 782-5761, or send a fax at 782-7039 or e-mail at CRONINCREW@MSN.COM.

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