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Debaters win awards in Santa Clara meet

by Sheila Gardner

Members of Douglas High School’s speech and debate team brought home honors from a recent invitational tournament at Santa Clara University.

“Our kids wound up breaking in the top 16. They took a first place trophy for small schools,” said coach Karen Heine. “That in itself is kudos for us. Every member brought home a trophy of some sort.”

The tournament was held Dec. 10-11.

Nine students competed in debate.

“I took the very best of the team because we’re on a very tight budget,” she said. “It would have been amazing with the whole team. We have a squad of 40.”

The Lincoln-Douglas debaters and senior policy team advanced to the semifinals.

“We were quite pleased with the outcome,” she said.

Competitions ran from 10 a.m.-10 p.m.

“It becomes more of a contest of not who can argue, but who can stay in the game longer,” she said.

Douglas is set to host its only tournament of the school year Jan. 7-8 and Heine is looking for volunteer judges.

Approximately 16 schools from Northern Nevada are competing.

Events will be held from 3-10 p.m. Jan. 7, and 8 a.m.-10 p.m. Jan. 8 at the high school.

Heine estimated she will need 200-300 volunteers to cover all events. Judges are asked to commit to two-hour blocks Friday or Saturday.

“We have a lot of local lawyers and the kids’ parents help with the judging,” she said. “We are very much supported by the community. Anyone is invited to judge. You don’t need any experience.”

Heine said two clinics are to be offered to train volunteers. Sessions will be offered at 7 p.m. Jan. 4 and 6 in the school’s media center.

Anyone interested in judging can e-mail Heine at or contact her at the high school after Christmas break Jan. 3. She can be reached at 782-5134.

She asked that callers identify themselves as interested in judging to make sure she gets the message.

She also invited the public to attend the event.

— Sheila Gardner can be reached at or 782-5121, ext. 214.


Douglas High School debaters who participated in the Santa Clara Invitational include:


Adam Fluke

David Macias

Rachel Bristol


Kat Lambrecht

Dave Mathews


Jon Look

Max Helling


Mariana Aguilar

Brett Chavez


The Douglas High School speech and debate team is hosting a tournament Jan. 7-8. Coach Karen Heine is expecting 16 northern Nevada high schools to participate and she needs 200-300 judges. No experience is necessary and training is to be offered at the Douglas High School media center at 7 p.m. Jan. 4 and Jan. 6. For information, contact Heine at the high school, 782-5134 after Jan. 3 or by e-mail,