Debate practice at McClymonds with coach Joseph Flores
Story photo by Anthony Beron
It was a day to cheer on debaters.
Two McClymonds High School freshmen and a senior placed in the top 10 of the rookie division speakers at the Bay Area Urban Debate League New Year’s Classic debate tournament at UC Berkeley Saturday.
Freshman Hailey King placed 3rd, freshman Parrish Kendricks 8th and senior Anastasia Walton 9th in their first debate. King and partner Kendicks also placed 4th as a team.
The Warriors’ debate team is fledgling, being formed in the fall of 2013.
“They’re getting much better,” said Pamela Tapia, a Mack graduate (and former BAUDL debater) who coaches the team. “We’re trying to become a powerhouse like athletics, but it’s tough to compete for after-school time with our successful sports teams.”
The team meets twice a week near the school library, to cover debate tactics and review sources for arguments.
Tapia said that the team has benefitted from the recent addition of mentor coach Joseph Flores (nicknamed “J-Flo”), a UC Berkeley student who debated for the Los Angeles Urban Debate League.
Placing in the top 20 as speakers were Nicole Funes, 13th, Anique Gichanga, 14th and Jaden Nixon, 16th.
In the novice division, freshmen J’Mya Gray-Martinez and Danenicole Williams placed 13th as a team.
Macksmack writers win state high school journalism awards
Miles Mitchell wins 2nd place in environmental reporting for story on McClymonds garden
Two McClymonds students, senior Romanalyn Inocencio and sophomore Miles Mitchell, have won journalism awards from the California Press Women’s Association.
Mitchell won second place in environmental reporting for a story about the vegetable garden at McClymonds, which appeared in macksmack blog on June 11 2012.
Romanalyn Inocencio (second from left at a journalism workshop at the Sacremento Bee last fall) wins 3rd place in two highly-contested categories: news and opinion
Inocencio, a senior, won third place in news for a story on changes (new teachers, restorative justice and added AP classes) at McClymonds that was published in Oaktown Teen Times in January.
She also won third place in opinion for a piece opposing a teen curfew in Oakland.
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