The Owl has finally landed, and our three excellent speakers are back in the fold. In preparation for the competition in Calgary, our work actually began in July: Caroline Lord and Mary Pura enrolled in Debate Camp and spent the week writing, polishing, and rehearsing. Jane Logan spent a month acting in New York City and New Haven. They return to us with rave reviews, very high marks, and several awards. I am still receiving emails from other coaches about these three. They loved their performances, and they loved the way they represented SBS in Canada.
It starts with the Head of School, administration, and faculty---thank you for supporting their voices. An undertaking this large is never effected seamlessly, and I hope their return to Academia flows smoothly.
Karen Pleasant---thank you for navigating these waters. This trip threw you some weather challenges, but you communicated with all concerned parties, and you remembered all that was necessary. Your instincts were, in a phrase, spot on.
Kim Mancuso--thank you for your assistance with Jane Logan and Lillian Hellman's translation of The Lark; your genius has now spilled over to our program. Bravo!
Mary Pura made the finals in After-Dinner Speaking. Jane Logan made the finals in both After-Dinner and Dramatic Interpretation. Caroline Lord finished the week with a strong B+ average. There were 132 speakers and 44 teams from all corners of the earth. Jane, for the second straight year, has been invited to join the US team which will compete, next March, in South Africa.
Thank you SBS----it takes a village!
- PB (Paul Bassett, Debate Teacher)
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