Our public schools offer such an incredible range of learning activities. One such example is Speech and Debate.
Nationwide, many high schools participate in the National Forensics League Lincoln-Douglas Debates, based on the famous debates between Abraham Lincoln and Stephen A. Douglas.
This debate style pits two participants against each other, each arguing opposite points of view. The arguments are based on ethics, philosophy and logic. A good debater could argue either side of an issue.
The Speech and Debate team at Reservoir High School recently participated in an LD debate tourney: the Arundel Tournament.
The team's performance was pretty impressive. Brian Shouse went 3-0 and took home the gold medal. Zach Blough was also undefeated and took home the bronze medal. Puja Trivedi won the gold medal in novice Lincoln Douglas.
Jake Smith earned a silver medal as second place speaker in Policy Debate. Sophie Bell and Jon Smith did very well in Policy Debate. And, Dylan Gellis competed in Children's Literature and Impromptu Speaking, earning good marks in each category.
Coach Emily Mandile is doing a great job preparing these students. Congratulations to her and to the team.
What is December without a breakfast with good old St. Nick? Emmanuel United Methodist Church, at 10755 Old Scaggsville Road in Laurel, will hold its annual Breakfast with St. Nicholas on Saturday, Dec. 15, from 8 to 11 a.m.
Breakfast includes pancakes and sausages. There will be crafts, pictures with the Nativity characters and a visit with the big guy himself, St. Nicholas. The cost is $8 for ages 13 and up, $5 for ages 4 to 12 and free for children 3 and younger.
Starting at 9 a.m., there will be a cookie sale with all proceeds benefiting Mason's Mission Team. Mason is a 9-year-old boy who has had pneumonia 45 times. For more information, contact the church office 301-725-5200.
Wow, only 18 shopping days until Christmas! Remember our military members who are standing the watch. Send up a prayer for them and their families.