Thursday, Feb. 7, 2008

Carroll high school debate teams finish year

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George Hagegeorge⁄Special to The Gazette
Chad Will performs the song ‘‘Thirteen,” which took first place Thursday at South Carroll High School’s Idol talent show.
Top high school debate teams in Carroll County will face off at a final tournament Saturday at Liberty High School, 5855 Bartholow Road, Eldersburg.

Students will debate Russia being a threat to U.S. interests. The tournament begins at 8 a.m.; awards, at 7:30 p.m.

The Carroll County Debate League was created this school year to provide students with debate experience in a competitive atmosphere. Students tested their training and skills by analyzing issues, researching evidence and preparing and presenting persuasive arguments.

‘‘To me, it puts the skills together of all the things we’re trying to teach kids,” said Stan Day, coordinator of the league and a retired debate teacher, who resides in Winfield.

Debate provides an intellectual competition for the ‘‘real sharp kids who don’t get the chance to test themselves,” Day said.

Adam Wilson, South Carroll High School’s debate team advisor, said his team members prepared and researched throughout the year for their tournaments. The school will send six teams of two members to the final tournament.

Teams qualify for the final if they participated in at least two tournaments and have a winning record, Wilson said. Teams that did not qualify will debate each other on Saturday, but will not be in the final, he added.

The key to winning a debate is reasoning, Wilson said. ‘‘The team that wins is the team that generally presents a coherent, reasonable justification to the judge.”

Wilson added that students might begin a topic with a preconceived idea, but it’s best for them to keep an open mind.

Day said Century High will send four teams.

Four tournaments were held during the school year in which students debated the soft partition of Iraq, budget deficits, military options against Iran and the use of civil disobedience. Fifty-three teams participated in 172 rounds with 50 parents and teachers evaluating their efforts.

Teams study debate topics that are released monthly by National Forensics Week.

Members of the community with speech or debate experience may judge a few rounds of the tournament.

Contact Day at for more information.

Parr’s Ridge

Parr’s Ridge Elementary School will hold kindergarten registration sessions from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 10 through 14 for the 2008-09 school year.

An evening session will also be held 6 to 8 p.m. March 13.

Parents of children who will be five years old on or before Sept. 1 will be enrolled.

Sessions will be held in the school lobby, 202 Watersville Road, Mount Airy.

Parents must present a copy of their child’s birth certificate or other legal document to verify their child’s legal name and birth date; verification of residence, such as a public utility bill or a lease agreement; specific address from which the child will be transported to school; and specific address to which the child will be transported after school.

Parents will also need to submit the Health Assessment and Immunization Certificate, which will be included in the enrollment packet that they receive during registration. The documents must be turned in to the school office no later than Aug. 6 for a child to start school on Aug. 25.

Contact Mrs. Rennie in the school office at 410-751-3559 or 301-829-6585 with any questions.

A readiness fair for students who will enter kindergarten next school year and their parents will be held 10 a.m. to noon March 15 at the school. Parents will learn about the resources available within the Carroll County Public School system and the community.

Linganore High

The Linganore High School Safe & Sane committee is selling raffle tickets to raise money for the Class of 2008’s graduation party.

The winning ticket will be drawn during halftime of the Linganore High vs. Urbana High basketball game on Feb. 19.

The grand prize is $1,000 and you need not be present to win. Tickets are $5 each or six for $25.

Contact Lori Jones via e-mail at or call 301-865-3425 for tickets or buy them at the game.

To celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Mr. Linganore pageant, Linganore High School is hosting a reunion dinner on March 7.

Former contestants in the pageant are invited to attend. Contact Natalie Evans at or 240-236-7831. Those with contact information for past contestants are also encouraged to contact Evans.

This year’s pageant will be held March 8.

Century High

Congratulations to Kevin Hudson of Century High School for his winning Martin Luther King Jr. essay in a contest sponsored by McDaniel College.

The McDaniel College Office of Multicultural Services received more than 100 essays from Carroll County Public Schools. Students and their families were honored Monday yesterday?? at McDaniel’s Martin Luther King Jr. ceremony.

Students will receive ?? or received? a commemorative MLK stay away from acronyms T-shirt from the King Center in Atlanta and a gift bag.

High school students were asked to write about how they thought King would respond to local, national and global issues, such as youth violence, the Jenna 6 and the conflict in the Middle East. They were also asked to include what King would expect from youth of the 21st century.

Middle school students wrote a letter or speech voicing their opinion and outlining action steps to respond to the same issues.

Elementary school students were asked to think about how King practiced non-violence in an effort to create a beloved community. They wrote about steps they would take to

Century High’s sophomore class is sponsoring a Valentine’s rock concert to raise money for its junior⁄senior prom.

The concert is 5:15 to 10 p.m. Feb. 17 at the Sykesville-Freedom District Fire Department hall, 6680 Sykesville Road, Sykesville. Doors open at 4:45 p.m.

The show will feature A Farewell Rescue, Oh The Story, Larkins Call, The Bigger Lights, Woodbine Hotline, Dropout Year and Lauren D’Aria.

Cost is $8 and tickets will be available at the door the night of the event as well as select lunch periods at Century High, 355 Ronsdale Road, Eldersburg; Liberty High, 5855 Bartholow Road, Eldersburg; and South Carroll High, 1300 W. Old Liberty Road, Sykesville.

The Ugly Mug Concert House and Café will provide concessions. The Ugly Mug is a non-profit, all-ages music venue that plans to open this year in Eldersburg.

For more information, visit⁄carrollcountyindependentrock online.

South Carroll High

South Carroll High School kicks off prom season with a dress and accessory consignment sale 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 23 in the school cafeteria, 1300 W. Old Liberty Road, Sykesville.

Seamstresses will be available and shoppers can make appointments with local salons, florists, tuxedo shops and limousine companies.

Snow date is March.

Dresses can be dropped off in the front lobby of the school from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Saturday.

Consigners will receive 60 percent of the sale price. A dress will be priced higher if it is professionally dry cleaned with a dated receipt attached.

Questions should be directed to Mary at

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