McClatchy High School parent Betsy Long loves working at the SCNA Wine Tasting. Her daughter Annabelle is one of six McClatchy students on the varsity debate team, which benefits from SCNA donations made possible by the wine tasting and the crab feed. All the team members pitch in to help at these events.
Their Speech and Debate Team is nationally recognized. The students often compete in tournaments dominated by wealthy private schools.
SCNA is proud to complete its third year of providing a financial donation to the CKM Speech and Debate Team. Ms. Long explains, “We use SCNA’s donation to pay tournament entry fees so all of the kids, including those who wouldn’t otherwise have the means to participate, can compete.”
In the recent past, McClatchy’s debate teams have competed in Dallas, Las Vegas, Long Beach, Spokane, Minnesota, New York, Southern California and Santa Clara. The team is fortunate to have two dedicated judges who coach the students and, of course, many devoted parents who support the teams.
The students take their debating seriously. This summer Annabelle will attend seven weeks of debate camp in Michigan. During the school year she devotes 10-20 hours a week researching topics and practicing debate skills.
SCNA’s Event Coordinator Faith Johnstone reports that the students’ assistance at the two fundraisers includes selling raffle tickets, checking in guests, doing data entry and helping bus tables. SCNA is grateful for the students’ support. Many of them are also in McClatchy’s renowned Humanities and International Studies Program (HISP). HISP students and parents also support SCNA fundraisers by helping and SCNA also donates to HISP. HISP students use SCNA donations to help fund their trip to San Francisco to attend theater productions as part of the Shakespeare Festival.
By Andrea Rosen
Viewpoint staff writer