Hilltalkers seeking judges for tournament

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The Los Alamos Hilltalkers Speech and Debate Team’s annual invitational tournament is scheduled for Nov. 1-2 at Los Alamos High School.
The event has built a strong reputation drawing teams from around the state eager for competition and high-quality feedback from engaged, trained judges.
The tournament serves as the team’s largest fundraiser and educational event and offers an opportunity for Los Alamos community members to participate and support the team by serving as judges.
There are numerous speech and debate sessions will be throughout the two-day tournament. Community members need not be experienced in order to judge.
A training opportunity for potential judges to learn more about the various events was Oct. 23 in the LAHS Speech Theater.
The team is still in need of volunteer judges from the community, especially for Saturday afternoon’s competitive sessions. Judges evaluate and score rounds of speech and debate events.
Guidance and training are available and more information about the various events can be found at nationalforensicleague.org under Resources for Judges.
Judges are invited to enjoy a variety of homemade goodies and ethnic specialties provided by team parents.
Judging at a Speech and Debate tournament offers a unique opportunity to see teenagers hosting a large event, refining their speaking skills, exploring the art of persuasion, expressing themselves through dramatic and humorous interpretation, and debating opposing sides of current issues.
Contact team coach Margo Batha at 663-2651 or m.batha@laschools.net to sign up to volunteer as a judge.
This community event raises funds for the High School and Middle School Speech and Debate Teams to attend tournaments and compete around the state and beyond.
Funding covers team expenses such as travel and lodging. Both teams have experienced exciting growth in numbers and participation in the past few years.
The Hilltalkers extend their appreciation to all of the community members who support the Speech and Debate Teams by chaperoning, attending and hosting events, judging at tournaments, hosting and helping with fundraisers and donating through United Way.