The Office of Academics Announces the First Annual District Debate Championship

Spotlight on Excellence     June 2013

The Office of Academics Announces the First Annual District Debate Championship

The Classical Magnet team of Frank Edrich and Justin Clapis with Chief Academic Officer Carole Collins-Ayanlaja and Superintendent Dr. Christina M. Kishomoto

The Office of Academics is happy to announce the results of the First Annual District Debate Championship.  The semi-final and final debates took place on Thursday, May 2 at the Wadsworth Atheneum.  Four teams from different high schools competed for the title of District Debate Champion.  The competitors debated the resolution, “Resolved: Public schools should be allowed to raise money by selling advertising space to corporate sponsors and other businesses,” which was provided one week in advance.  The four, two-member teams and their coaches were:

Capital Prep: Haddiyyah Ali, Janay Diaz  
    Coach: Veronica Lee

WINNERS:  Classical Magnet School: Franklin Edrich, Justin Clapis  
    Coaches: Russell Sirman, Michael Gulden, Derek Hall

Global: Garrian Woods-Miller, Destiny Lawson  
    Coach: Desmond Caldwell

Journalism: Jose Acevedo, Amber Allen
    Coach: Megan Fitzgerald

In the semi-final round, the Classical team successfully debated Capital Prep, while Journalism beat Global. 

The Classical team of Frank Edrich and Justin Clapis beat the Journalism team in the final round to become Hartford Public School’s first District Debate Champions!

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