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National speech and debate competition to be held at Union City school

I always hated speaking in public and, in many ways, I still do. So, I always marvel at people who can speak in front of huge crowds and do it without preparing their remarks. It’s probably why I went into writing. Anyway, a ‘forensics’ (please, no CSI jokes) competition featuring student debate teams  is being held at Logan High this weekend. Here’s more info:

Students from around the nation will compete this weekend at the 17th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Invitational Forensics Tournament, a speech and debate contest held in Union City.

Logan High’s forensics team, led by squad director Tommie Lindsey, will welcome more than 1,800 students from 91 schools from as far away as Wyoming and Mississippi. They will compete Friday through Sunday in contests showcasing their public speaking skills.

Community members interested in judging are asked to call 510-589-3519 or email florence.graham@att.net. Training is available for first-time judges at the school.

Logan High is at 1800 H St. in Union City. For more information about the school’s forensics team or the yearly competition, visit www.jlhsforensics.org.

Chris DeBenedetti