Analy Students Host Town Hall for School Board Candidates
Speech and Debate Team Fundraiser features Patrick Nagle and Debbie Ramirez
On Monday, October 10, the Analy High School Speech and Debate Team will host a town hall meeting at 7pm in the Analy High School Library, featuring Debbie Ramirez and David Patrick Nagle, both of whom are running for the at-large seat on the WSCUHSD board.
Allison Fry and Maxwell Crichton, VP and President of the club, respectively, came up with this idea to raise funds for the club. In a Town Hall meeting, “the community has a chance to get to know these candidates better,” said Allison in an email. Tickets are $5 for adults and $2 for students and seniors.
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The event is a fundraiser for the Speech and Debate Team.
“This year, our membership has skyrocketed and we found ourselves in need of extra funding to bring more members to tournaments,” Allison explained. “We never want cost to be a barrier to competition.” She added:
Our debate team was created and developed by Lynette Williamson and has been competing since 1995. This year, our program has grown significantly. Fundraisers help us to reduce tournament entry fees for individual debaters.
Over the last 20 years, we have established a legacy in Parliamentary style debate. Last year, we had teams qualify to compete in both state and national championships. And recently, our debaters have been admitted to top colleges such Princeton, NYU, UC Berkeley, Northeastern, and UC Santa Barbara.
Max and Allison will be moderating the event, which will be recorded and posted online afterwards. “We will include an online link for donations to the club, but the video will be accessible to all who wish to see it,” said Allison.
Asked if they will take questions from the audience, Allison replied: “We don't wish to put too much pressure on our candidates so we will not be allowing questions from the audience.” She looks forward “to a great turnout and thanks the community for its continuing help and support.”
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