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The Bakersfield Voice Sunday, May 23, 2010

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Forensics prepare students for future A

s a parent and an educator, I strongly believe children in high school need to have a connection at school — so many of mine have found a place in forensics. Recently, the forensics class at my eighth-grade students’ future high school came in to give a demonstration of their skills — and they made them laugh, nearly cry, and certainly entertained them.

Sydney Peterson, the forensics coach at Ridgeview High School, says there’s a benefit beyond the ability to do public speaking. “Recent studies show that students who participate in high school are 3 percent to 5 percent more likely to get into the college of their choice.” She went on to tell my eighth graders that a team captain, or a state or national tournament participant, is 60 percent more likely to get into the college of his or her choice. Education columnist Peterson praised the curriculum of forensics saying that it’s one of the few classes that “uses critical research, writing, oral presentation, and argumentative debate.” It’s clearly a course that would benefit future business, law, teaching, and science majors. Peterson had the students laughing when she said that if they’re like most people, they’d rather die than give a speech. Personally, my heart soared with pride when Cassie Sandrini deliv-

PEGGY DEWANE-POPE

PHOTOS BY MELISSA DURAN

Peggy Dewane-Pope’s students react to a demonstration from Ridgeview High School’s forensics team.

ered part of her piece on drunken driving. Harmeet Mann kept my students guessing when she acted the part of a nervous speaker, and Avneet Kaur showed her skills in her humorous duo. It’s so amazing to see the difference a couple years make! Peggy Dewane-Pope is a teacher in the Panama-Buena Vista Union School District.

Ridgeview High School forensic team members, Ashlyn Turner and Cassie Sandrini, debate the superiority of Batman and Spiderman during a forensics demonstration in Peggy Dewane-Pope’s eighth-grade class.

YOUR SPORTS

YOUR SCHOOLS

Taekwondo athletes win top honors at state trials

CSUB to host annual ‘Brains of Bakersfield’ trivia game! BY KATHY MILLER Community contributor

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BY FRANCIS ESPOSO Community contributor

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n May 2 Han’s Taekwondo Academy’s Joe Stieger and Alexandria Carino participated at the official California State Team Trials in Diamond Bar, Calif. Joe,13, and Alexandria,14, both competed in their respective 14-17

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Alexandria Carino

Joe Stieger

year old fin/fly weight divisions. Joe won third place in his division, while Alexandria won first place.

Alexandria was selected to officially represent California at the upcoming International Taekwondo Festival on May 29.

Recreational soccer league accepting mail-in registration BY PATRICIA HENSON Community contributor

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rom mybakersfieldsports.com Mail-in soccer registrations are being accepted for Brigade Recreational Soccer League — BRSL. Space is filling fast. Don’t wait — register now for guaranteed play. No waiting list. Registration is for ages 4 through 18.

Season starts mid August. Fee is $70 per player. Register by mail. Registration must be postmarked by May 31 for guaranteed play. Visit our Web site for mail-in instructions: http://www.bakersfieldbrigade.com/y outhrecreational; or, contact our Registrar, Patricia Hall, at 323-3693 or 6198968.

BY PATRICIA HENSON

Honor your life and spirit at ‘A Time to Write’ workshop Community contributor

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riting itself can be an act of prayer.” — Patrice Vecchione from “Writing and the Spiritual Life” Do you wish you kept a journal but never seem to get around to it? Do you start a poem in your head and neglect to put it on paper? Honor your life and spirit by taking the time to write. Come and explore the way writing, in a variety of forms, can provide a safe harbor for your thoughts and feelings, hopes and

concerns in challenging times. Learn helpful journal and writing exercises that allow for greater selfunderstanding and the safe release of stressful emotions. No writing skill or experience is necessary. If you have your own journal, bring it. Presented by Elizabeth Hinkle at the newly dedicated Mercy Art & Spirituality Center, Truxtun Avenue & A Street, A Time to Write workshop will be Saturday, May 29, from 9 a.m. to noon. Classes are for those 18 years of age or older. The class is free. Art for Healing seeks to create a comfortable space where one can

experience art-making, creativity, music, dance, and theatrical improvisation activities that may help in the release of stress and anxiety resulting from illness, loss, grief, or caring for another. All programs are open to the general public. Come and enjoy the experience of letting go, playing, or just sitting in this quiet, reflective space. No experience is necessary. Unless otherwise noted, all materials are provided. For more information or to register for this class, please call 3247070.

YOUR ARTS ‘Prelude to Summer’ with Bakersfield Masterworks Chorale COURTESY OF MASTERWORKS CHORALE

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akersfield Masterworks Chorale will present its annual Spring Dinner Concert and Auction on Saturday, June 5, at Liber-

YOUR VOICE Ahoy, mates! Be on the lookout for pirate treasure May 29!

YO U R H E A LT H BY SHANNON COOK

rivia buffs from all corners of Bakersfield will converge at CSU Bakersfield’s Icardo Center on Saturday, June 5, for the Fifth annual “Brains of Bakersfield” contest. Based on the popular trivia game “Quiz Night” that originated in British pubs, “Brains of Bakersfield” features teams of up to 10 quizzers who gather around tables answering tough questions in a timed and fast-paced setting. Questions cover a variety of topics like sports, entertainment, science and more. In honor of its pub roots, the event gets started with a cocktail hour at 6:30 p.m., with questions starting at 7 p.m. Dinner will be provided during halftime courtesy of Frugatti’s Italian Eatery. The entry fee for “Brains of Bakersfield” is $300 per team. Winning team members will be presented with a trophy proclaiming them as the “Brainy Bunch.” The deadline to enter is May 25. To register, or for more information, call Simon Tobin at 654-2428, or email at stobin@csub.edu.

ty Hall, adjacent to Hodel’s, 5917 Knudsen Dr. Enjoy an evening of fine dining, champagne, silent and live auctions, raffle baskets, and outstanding musical selections under the direction of Phillip Witmer.

Silent auction and champagne begins at 5:30 p.m. Tickets are $45 and seating is limited. For more information and tickets call 301-1417.

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hoy mates — be on the lookout for pirates! The Kern County Pirates have partnered with the Society for Disabled Children to raise awareness for the needs of children with disabilities in Kern County. The Society for Disabled Children is hosting its first Pirate Treasure Hunt at CSUB Alumni Park, May 29. Festivities take place from noon to 9 p.m. The Pirates Treasure Hunt is a fun-filled event for the whole family. Children will be able to visit a pirate encampment, play games and travel with the pirates on a treasure hunt from noon to 3 p.m. Other festivities will include a “shop the dock” area where families can shop for items offered by local merchants. Tickets for the family time are $7 each. Children under five are free. During the evening hours of 6 to 9 p.m. guests can dance the night away and be entertained by the pirates. Guests will enjoy a fantastic clams, mussels, lobster, and grog meal prepared by Mossman’s Catering.

Evening tickets are $50 per person. All proceeds from the event benefit the Society’s programs and services. The Society for Disabled Children is a local nonprofit founded in 1947. The mission of the organization is to provide services and programs to children who have physical, cognitive and communicative disabilities. The Society offers a diverse range of programs structured toward providing a balanced

lifestyle for disabled children. Programs currently available at the Society are: speech and language therapy, transportation assistance to attend out-of- town medical appointments, Camp Blue Jay, Social/Activity programs and medical equipment and supply assistance. For more information about the Society for Disabled Children, or to purchase tickets for the Pirates Treasure Hunt, call 322-5595, or visit the Society at 1819 Brundage Lane.


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