2 / The Caledonian / News / Sept. 21, 2012
Tournament thrills ryan dumas staff writer
TWHS’ Speech and Debate team kicked off their season by hosting a tournament here at TWHS on Sept. 14-15. TWHS hosted over 300 competitors from 13 different schools all across Texas who looked to compete to earn points toward qualifying for state competition. “At the tournament, you usually get there and all of the debaters go to three or four preliminary rounds on Friday and Saturday, and then the judges look at the records, and say if there were four debate rounds then all of the debaters that [had a] 4-0, 3-1 [record in their rounds] would go on to the next round,” debate coach Katlyn McDonald said. “Then the ones that won would go on to the next round and then after that it would become kind of a sudden death where after that you would be out of the tournament. And it goes on until there’s just two left in the finals.” If you are interested in debate, TWHS typically competes in three events- Public Forum Debate (PF), Lincoln-Douglas Debate (LD), and CrossExamination Debate (CX). PF is a two-versustwo debate, generally over hot topics and current events, that lasts roughly thirty-one minutes. “[Public Forum] is probably our most popular type of debate here, because it’s usually considered the simplest and most interesting,” McDonald said. LD is a one-on-one style of debate that is longer than Public Forum and has a philosophy aspect. CX Debate is two-versustwo, just like PF, but is longer (nearly an hourand-a-half per debate), and focuses on policy. “CX is probably the most complicated type of debate,” McDonald said. You don’t have to be in a debate class to get involved with debate. If interested, see McDonald in room 209. The team’s first
tournament is Sept. 28-29 at Cy-Woods High School. For those not interested in debate but still interested in competing, Speech is also an option. Speech is affiliated with the TWHS Theatre Department. “Speech is a little bit different than acting,” speech coach Tamberly McClanahan said. “It is interp, because you’re seeing something and telling us what you see. We do three different things in speech tournaments- we do Dramatic, Humorous, and Duet Acting; and they’re about ten to twelve minutes long, and the students memorize it, and we block it, and we work it, and then they go and they compete with other schools and hopefully they’ll get a trophy and go to finals. The ultimate goal is for them to earn enough p o i n t s [ t h r o u g h success at tournaments] to go to state [competition].” “My favorite part of a tournament is getting to hang out and have fun with my friends,” junior Megan Miller said. If you are interested in competing in speech tournaments, see McClanahan in Room 137 or Room 145. The Tournament itself was a big success. Not all of the more than 500 competitors were satisfied, but awards were given out in PF and LD debates, along with Duet Acting, HI, and DI. Awards were also given in Duo Acting, Oratory, Prose, Poetry, and Extemporaneous Speaking. Most categories had both a Novice and Varsity category. The tournament was staffed by a dedicated group of parent and student volunteers. These volunteers judged rounds, kept time, provided security, and worked the concession and registration booths, as well as judge hospitality room. The profits from the tournament will be used to buy new scripts and evidence databases and other general supplies needed for TWHS’ teams to compete.
Traffic troubles keaton lunsford
For juniors and seniors, parking can be a big problem. With large clogs of cars scattered throughout the parking lot at the beginning and end of the day, driving to school can get to be a hassle. Waiting to simply get in and out of school on a daily basis, along with the risk of careless drivers causing an accident, the parking situation at TWHS is enough to make any student want to honk their horn. Is there anyway to avoid all of this? “I leave really early for school,” junior Chandler Farquhar said. Leaving very early and getting to school before the general population is a sure way to not get stuck in the parking lot traffic jams. But what about the mundane task of waiting your turn to get out of the parking lot? Many students choose to simply admit defeat when it comes to the end of the day. “I just sit in my car and either talk to friends or mess around on my phone while I wait for the traffic to clear,” junior Mark Jensen said. No matter how you try to avoid the morning and afternoon rush, the most important thing about driving to school is making sure you get there safely, so taking unnecessary risks just to get to school on time isn’t worth it, because you may end up not getting there at all.
CLUB CORNER Chinese Club
chas swartz staff writer
Chinese language takes off at TWHS this year with a new teacher and an expanded Chinese Club. The Chinese Club has a full agenda of activities planned for 2012-2013. Since being introduced at TWHS, interest in Chinese language classes has grown rapidly from a handful of Chinese I students four years ago to over 50 this year. Chinese classes now extend from Chinese I to AP Chinese with several students expected to take the AP exam this spring. Along with increased interest in Chinese language comes a greatly expanded Chinese Club.
The Chinese Club’s purpose is to create enthusiasm and respect for Chinese language and culture and to have the opportunity to interact with others who have the same passion for Chinese. Co-Presidents Luke Ito, Veronica Trevino, and Chas Swartz want to make the club informal and fun, where people can come and go as their schedules allow. “The Chinese Club’s goal is to offer fun and educational activities for all students,” Trevino said. Luke Ito is also looking forward to a good year. “I really hope Chinese Club will increase student’s interest in Chinese culture. I’m excited to celebrate the
Chinese holidays and other fun activities over the course of the school year,” Ito said. This year the club plans to offer Chinese food, movies, games, and art activities, as well as Chinese New Year events. Students do not have to take Chinese language to participate in the Chinese Club. In addition to expanding the Chinese Club, students in Chinese are excited about their new sponsor and teacher, Hui Fen Lynch. All TWHS students, including freshmen, are invited to stop by Chinese Club meetings. Meetings take place every red Tuesday in Mrs. Lynch’s room (216) on the main campus.
French Club maria paz staff writer
The start of the school year means the start of all the clubs TWHS has to offer. However, only one club has speed dating, trick or treating for Unicef, progressive dinners, and foreign movie nights. Students interested in these activities and much more should look to the French club. French club started Sept. 5, but is still accepting students.
“We welcome anyone who wants to join,” club sponsor Terri Whiteman said. “You don’t have to be in French to be in French club.” French club has something for everyone, from annual soccer matches against the Spanish club, Valentines dances, and more. “My favorite activity French club has done was Cirque Du Soleil two years ago,” senior and club Vice President of Fundraising Isha Deo said.
“This club is a great way to network with other French speakers,” Whiteman said. “It also gives opportunities for French help and tutoring.” This is the club to be in for those wanting to further improve their French speaking abilities. “I want to make the activities more guy friendly this year,” senior and club CoPresident Gerardo Bandera said. “I also want to create activities
in which people can learn more about the French language.” Students looking for a way to make friends and learn about the French culture and language should stop by Madame Whiteman’s room, 220, to find out more about how they can join. “Le club de Français est génial et tout le monde devrait s’y joindre!” Bandera said. Translation, “the French club is awesome and everyone should join!”