Archive for June, 2013
By SAMANTHA SCOLES
News Managing Editor
MOUNT VERNON — An investigation is being conducted into the death of a 48-year-old woman found in her car Friday night in a parking lot near Papa John’s on Coshocton Avenue.
Alicia Wilson, no address released, was found in her car by a Mount Vernon police officer who requested a squad just after 11:30 p.m. She was later pronounced dead at the scene.
According to Knox County Coroner Dr. Jennifer Ogle, alcohol is believed to be involved but no cause of death has been determined yet.
“At this point, no foul play is suspected,” Ogle told the News.
More details will be released as they become available.
GAMBIER — Kenyon student Andrew Pochter ’15 was killed in Alexandria, Egypt, on Friday, June 28.
Pochter, 21, of Chevy Chase, Md., died during clashes between opponents and supporters of President Mohamed Morsi, according to U.S. Embassy officials.
Pochter was an intern at AMIDEAST, an American non-profit organization engaged in international education, training and development activities in the Middle East and North Africa. The AMIDEAST internship is not a Kenyon program. An appreciation of Pochter’s life will be shared at a later time.
Related link: Md. college student killed in Egyptian protests Washington Post
“Independence Day and celebrating the freedom that people past have given us.”
Wayne Ramey, Fredericktown
“Family coming together to enjoy the fireworks.”
Krystal Ramey, 13, Fredericktown
“It’s great to be an American. We have freedoms no one else has and we need to be more patriotic and praise this country.”
Barbara Tier, Mount Vernon
“The independence we have because of the soldiers who gave their all years ago.”
Dorothy Seitz, Mount Vernon
“Our independence and that we have the freedoms we fought for.
Janey Stull, Mount Vernon
“Our independence and being thankful for all the men in uniform that helped us get and keep our independence.”
Mark Arnold, Howard
MOUNT VERNON — The Mount Vernon News will be closed on Thursday, July 4, so that employees may spend Independence Day with family. There will be a Thursday edition of the News published. The deadline for obituaries for that edition is 2:30 p.m., on Wednesday, July 3.
The following area offices/businesses will be closed in observance of the July 4 holiday:
•The Knox County Department of Job & Family Services. This includes Workforce Development, Opportunity Knox One Stop Employment and Training, Public Assistance, Child Support Enforcement, and Children and Family Services.
COLUMBUS — Members of the 129th Basic Peace Officer Class received training certificates in a graduation ceremony held Friday morning at the Ohio State Highway Patrol Academy, including a new patrolman with the Mount Vernon Police Department.
Zachary C. Miller is one of 10 graduates who will assume duties as peace officers for eight Ohio agencies.
The 17-week basic course began in March. The course was developed by the Ohio Peace Officer Training Commission and offers comprehensive instruction in more than 150 topics, including criminal law, traffic law, community relations, physical training, self-defense, firearms, and emergency vehicle operations.
Officer Jack A. Darnell, Parma Heights Police Department, was selected class speaker by his fellow class members and addressed the assembly.
Class honors went to the following: Overall Top Performer – Ryan C. Butler, Mentor Police Department; Top Academic – Jack A. Darnell, Parma Heights Police Department; Top Firearms – Morgan P. LeBerth, Lancaster Police Department; Top Physical Training – Edward A. Short, Lima Police Department; Top Driving – Adam B. Sloan, Parma Heights Police Department.
Chief Steven J. Sarver, of the Newark Division of Police was the featured speaker for the ceremony and addressed an audience of graduates, friends, relatives and law enforcement officers. Col. John Born, Patrol superintendent, provided remarks and presented the certificates of training to the graduates.
MOUNT VERNON — The following is list of streets to be swept the week of July 1-5:
•Monday — Compass Pointe, Longitude Drive, Lattitude Drive, Concord Street, Concord Boulevard, Concord Court and Colonial Hill Subdivision.
•Tuesday — Laurelwood Subdivision, Hunters Ridge Subdivision, Edgewood Road (Mount Vernon Avenue to Gambier Street).
•Wednesday — No sweeping scheduled.
•Thursday — Holiday.
•Friday — Downtown areas in the early morning.
The Street Department crew asks cooperation from residents in having their automobiles moved on the day their street is scheduled for sweeping. This schedule is subject to change or cancellation.
FRAZEYSBURG — The Ohio Christmas Tree Association Summer Meeting will take place July 12-13, at Twinsberry Tree Farm and Killbuck Tree Farm in Shreve. This year’s meeting will cover topics such as marketing Christmas trees, sprayer calibration as well as a new grower clinic.
There is a registration fee for one day or both days of the two-day event. For further information on the OCTA or their activities, contact the OCTA Office at 740-828-3331 or check out the web at www.ohiochristmastree.com.
MOUNT VERNON — Help children — Become a foster grandparent volunteer.
Volunteers can draw from their past and share their knowledge with children who may need a little extra help in area schools, Head Start Center, and non-profit daycares and preschools. For 15 to 40 hours per week of service, volunteers will receive a modest non-reportable, tax-free hourly stipend (must meet income guidelines) and mileage reimbursement.
If interested, contact the COAD Area IV Foster Grandparent Program; Debbie Taylor, Coordinator, P.O. Box 1957, Gambier, OH 43022; or by phone 740-392-6251. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
MOUNT VERNON — The Knox County Unit of the American Red Cross announces the following Knox County blood drives for the month of July:
Friday, July 5 — Kroger, 1 to 7 p.m., Coshocton Avenue, Mount Vernon. Free baseball hat to donors.
Thursday, July 11 — Danville High School, 2 to 7 p.m.
Tuesday, July 16 — Kenyon College, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., East Brooklyn Street, Gambier.
Wednesday, July 17 — Kenyon College Athletic Center, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Gambier.
Thursday, July 18 — First Presbyterian Church, 1 to 7 p.m., Fredericktown; Mount Vernon Moose Lodge, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; and Kenyon College, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., East Brooklyn Street, Gambier.
Saturday, July 20 — Mount Vernon Fire Department, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Tuesday, July 23 — Batemantown Methodist Church, 3 to 9 p.m., 7669 Yankee St., Fredericktown.
Wednesday, July 24 — Knox County Fair, 1 to 7 p.m.
Wednesday, July 31 — Gay Street United Methodist Church, 1 to 7 p.m., Mount Vernon.
MOUNT VERNON — Plans are under way for the 30th annual Christmas in July event. Scheduled for Saturday, July 13, Christmas in July is sponsored by Soroptimist International of Mount Vernon and Knox County and the Knox County Sheriff’s Office. The goal for Christmas in July 2013 has been set at $25,000 in combined cash and nonperishable food items. The food drive benefits the food pantries of Interchurch Social Services located in Centerburg, Danville, Fredericktown and Mount Vernon.
“We were very busy in 2012,” said ISS executive director Joy Harris, “and, at times, struggled to keep the pantry shelves stocked. We order most of our food products from Mid-Ohio Foodbank. Like the local grocery, their costs rose which, of course, was passed on to us, the consumer. While they searched for more cost-effective sources for pantry staples, there were times when the basics were not available to us. We supplemented with trips to Aldis and were ever grateful for our local food drives.”
Major events like Food for the Hungry and Christmas in July continue to be of great importance in keeping the pantries well stocked. An average of 730 households each month, or 8,771 for the year, received pantry service in 2012. Each household receives enough food to feed their family for three or four days, which bridges the gap at the end of the month when ether resources run short.
“Christmas in July is a wonderful opportunity for the local community to support the hungry in Knox County,” Harris said. Residents may bring nonperishable food or monetary donations to collection sites throughout the county. Suggested donations include boxed diners, cereal, canned fruits and vegetables, peanut butter, tuna, canned chicken, spaghetti sauce, noodles, soups and personal care items. Every dollar donated provides three meals.
Centerburg collections sites, from 9 a.m. to noon are: Centerburg Interchurch/Twice Treasured Thrift Shop, Centerburg Post Office, Dollar General, Hometown Market and the village gazebo.
Danville area, cash donations only, July 8 through 13: Valley General Store, Killbuck Savings Bank in Apple Valley and Danville, Brinkhaven Post Office, Dale’s Cardinal Market, Danville Post Office, Lonsinger Pharmacy, Lyon’s Den. First-Knox National Bank, Howard Post Office and Spearman’s Restaurant. Danville Interchurch will be open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. to accept both food and monetary donations.
Fredericktown Interchurch and Haldeman’s Fresh Foods will accept donations from 9 a.m. to noon. Dollar General will accept donations on July 12, 13 and 14; and the Fredericktown Community Library will accept donations from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on July 13.
In Gambier, donations may be dropped off at the Village Market from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Mount Vernon collection sites, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., will be at the First Baptist Church, Kroger, Lanning’s Foods, Neff’s, Walmart and the Interchurch office. Monetary donations will also be accepted that morning at the Farmers Market on Public Square.
Checks should be made payable to “Christmas in July-ISS” and may also be mailed to P.O. Box 1052, Mount Vernon, OH 43050.
For more information call 397-4825.
COSHOCTON — Ohio Chautauqua, presented by the Ohio Humanities Council, will be in Coshocton, July 23-27, presenting “When Ohio Was the Western Frontier.” Dan Cutler, from Milton, W.Va., will be among the five-person troupe and will portray Iroquois leader Chief John Logan.
Cutler has been a first-person interpreter since 1998. “The histories of the Ohio Valley and the Native Americans who lived and were displaced from there are far more interesting to me than most of the things finding merit in textbooks,” said Cutler. “That’s why I do what I do and my hope is that I might be able to illuminate that history for Chautauqua audiences.”
Cutler has two characters he portrays — Chief Logan and Cornstalk Warrior. “My favorite is whichever one I am performing at the time,” he said. “It is a challenge to keep them different from one another, as they were chiefs from the same era and in many of the same locations, but since they were individuals with different backgrounds, attitudes and personalities it comes easier as research develops them.”
Cutler’s interest has always been focused on a particular era, rather than developing a character to fit the time period of whatever program he’s involved. “It is almost co-incidental that my characters fit the criteria of such a dynamic organization as Ohio Chautauqua,” he said. “Although both Logan and Cornstalk have been popular in Pennsylvania and Kentucky, the bulk of interest in these characters is in West Virginia where I have been a ‘History Alive’ presenter since 2000, and have been honored to be a part of Ohio Chautauqua in 2002, 2003, 2006, 2012 and this year.”
Cutler says that Chief Logan is an interesting balance between “good” and “bad.” “That challenge is to make even the ‘bad’ Logan relative to the audience,” he explained. “Preparation for Ohio Chautauqua involves three parts: 1) research particulars, 2) research incidentals, and 3) develop a ‘script’ which not only reflects the character and times but is interesting enough to keep the audience excited. In the performance and the workshops I endeavor to ‘see the light bulbs come on,’ that the audience might have a better understanding of the real history and pride of their home country.”
“I’m excited to be able to spend a week in Coshocton absorbing local history and traditions which pique my interests in particular,” added Cutler. “This will be my first extended visit to the area.”
Chief John Logan will take the stage under the Ohio Chautauqua tent located at the Coshocton County Fairgrounds, 707 Kenilworth Ave., on Wednesday, July 24, beginning at 7:30 p.m. Prior to his performance, there will be musical entertainment by Michael Searching Bear playing Native American Flute at 6:30 p.m. Admission and parking are free.
Cutler will offer a youth workshop entitled “Adopted by Indians” for youth ages fourth grade and up at the Coshocton Presbyterian Church, 142 N. Fourth Street at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, July 26. His Adult Workshop on “The American Indian Perspective” will take place at 2 p.m. on Thursday, July 25, at Central Ohio Technical College, 200 N. Whitewoman St., Coshocton.
Along with Chief John Logan, the other characters who will take the stage at 7:30 p.m. under the Ohio Chautauqua Tent during the week of July 23-27 are: Jeremy Meier as the Battle of Lake Erie hero Oliver Hazard Perry; Debra Conner as frontier aristocrat Margaret Blennerhassett; Marvin Jefferson as Lewis & Clark expedition member York; and Hank Fincken as naturalist and folk hero Johnny Appleseed.
There will also be free daytime workshops led by each of the scholars for both youth and adults. The youth workshops are appropriate for youth ages 10 and older. The youth workshops are hosted by the Coshocton Public Library and will be held at 10:30 a.m. each day from July 23-27 at the Coshocton Presbyterian Church, 142 N. Fourth St., Coshocton. The adult workshops are hosted by Central Ohio Technical College and will take place at 2 p.m. each day at COTC-Coshocton Campus, 200 N. Whitewoman St.
MOUNT VERNON — Judge Otho Eyster handed down four prison sentences today. According to Knox County Prosecutor John Thatcher, Jason W. Taylor, 33, Mount Vernon, was sentenced to five years in prison for engaging in sexual conduct with a a 15 year old Mount Vernon girl, between January 15 and February 11. This is Taylor’s second conviction for the same offense as he was previously convicted of the crime in 2006, in Licking County. Taylor was also classified as a Tier II sex offender with a 25 year registration period after he is released from prison. Detective Tom Bumpus, Knox County Sheriff’s Office, investigated the case.
Shelley A. Rose, 44, Centerburg, was convicted of committing theft from the elderly for stealing $80,000.00 from two victims, between January 2010 and August 2012. She was sentenced to nine months in prison. The crime victims are Rose’s 67 year old former employer and her former employer’s 88 year old mother-in-law. Thatcher said Rose paid restitution in the amount of $45,000.00 before pleading guilty to the offense, on May 24, and she will be required to pay the remaining $35,000.00 as part of her sentence. Detective David Light, KCSO, investigated the case.
Joseph R. Thomas, 21, Mount Vernon, was convicted of making $1,131.49 in unauthorized charges on a credit card, on March 28. He was sentenced to an 11 month prison term. Detective Craig Feeney, Mount Vernon Police Department, investigated the case. In a separate case, Thomas’s 2011 community control supervision sentence was revoked due to committing the credit card crime. He was sentenced to a 17 month prison term, to be served concurrently with the prison sentence in the credit card case.
Mark A. Banbury, 34, Danville, was convicted of possessing stolen checks and sentenced to 11 months in prison. On May 2, Banbury tried to cash a stolen check at a bank, in Danville. The investigation done by Sergeant Dan Weckesser, DPD, led to the discovery of three more stolen checks Banbury cashed at other County banks, on April 30 and May 1. Detective Light assisted with the investigation.
MV Dental earned second place in the MVGS 8 & Under tournament, the finals of which were Sunday. On Wednesday, the team locked up third place in the regular season. Team members are, front row from left, Moira Miller, Laura Hill, Emily Hammond and Taylor Trace; Middle row, Hannah Lafevre, Kadence Morgan, Ashley Berg, Shanda Melick, Kaitlyn Morgan, Brooklyn Kelley and Natalie Smith; Back row, head coach Brenda Trace, Andy Lafevre, Joe Berg, Heather Berg and team mom Jaime Nesbit. Not pictured: Jurni Gleason and coach Andy Bryant.
Playing around at costume fitting session are members of “The Music Man,” Elizabeth Barrett as Marian Paroo, David Van Slyke, Julia Manning, Tartiana Suddreth, Alex Diehl as the kids in the band, and Mike Andrews as Harold Hill.
MOUNT VERNON — One of the most beloved musicals of all time, “The Music Man,” will march into Mount Vernon with six performances at the Knox County Memorial Theater July 6 through 14.
“The Music Man” follows fast-talking traveling salesman Harold Hill (Mike Andrews) as he cons the people of River City, Iowa., into buying instruments and uniforms for a kids’ band he vows to organize — this despite the fact he doesn’t know a trombone from a treble clef. His plans to skip town with the cash are foiled when he falls for Marian (Elizabeth Barrett) the librarian, who transforms him into a respectable citizen by curtain’s fall.
With story, music and lyrics created by Meredith Willson, this classic musical features a score filled with memorable tunes like “Till There Was You,” “Gary Indiana,” “Ya Got Trouble” and, of course, “76 Trombones.”
This wholesome, fun-filled show will appeal to everyone in the family and is in fact very much a family affair. Paul Mayville, the assistant manager at the Bellville office of First-Knox National Bank and his entire family are involved with the show. The Barone family has two family members in the pit, one on the stage crew and one on stage.
In addition, the cast of 62 people ranging in age from 6 1/2 to 74, features 18 families working together on the musical (husbands and wives, fathers and daughters, mothers and sons and siblings). There will be many new faces but community favorites will also be returning including Ian Fraser Ernsberger (Marcellus) and Mary Dye (Eulalie Shinn). A complete list of cast and crew can be seen at www.mtvarts.com.
The production team boasts the return of many MTVarts loyal volunteers. The show will be directed by Leah Andrews, with Diane Dingler as music director and Dane Heuchemer as conductor. Katie Delozier is the choreographer, and Mary Ann Calhoun has taken on the task of costuming. Producers are Scott Swingle and Janis Stone.
This will be MTVarts’ seventh musical production following the successful presentation of this past summer’s “Grease” as well as its highly applauded predecessors “Cinderella” (2011), “Annie” (2010), “The Wizard of Oz” (2009), “Peter Pan” (2008) and Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” (2007). The musical will be produced by MTVarts, and once again sponsored by First-Knox National Bank.
The ever popular children’s parade will take place one-half hour prior to each performance with a theme of red, white and blue.
For complete details and ticket information visit www.mtvarts.com, call 740-399-5116, or stop in the First-Knox National Bank’s Main Office, Coshocton Avenue Office or Bellville Office.
The Mount Vernon Fire Department would like to remind our citizens that the discharging of fireworks is dangerous and can result in serious injury. Careful consideration should be taken to ensure that the fireworks that will be utilized are both legal and are properly discharged.
Proper safety measures include having adequate eye protection, ensuring that no loosely fitting clothing will come in contact with open spark or flame, providing adequate distance between the firework and any combustible structure or object, and finally, providing correct and adequate parental oversight for children that are involved with the firework’s usage.
Flame lanterns, sky lanterns, or Chinese lanterns are considered to be a “flame effect” by the Ohio State Fire Marshal. Because of this classification, these devices are NOT LEGAL to discharge within the State of Ohio without proper licensing and permitting. Please make sure that the fireworks that you intend to use are legally permitted to be discharged in Ohio prior to your home exhibition. Failure to secure the proper permits or licensing could result in the fire department issuing a citation that will carry a fine.
A complete explanation of the exhibition standards, licensing procedure, and any other concerns relative to fireworks can be found at http://www.com.ohio.gov/fire/FireworksRedbook.aspx. This website also contains a list of common exempt and non-exempt fireworks in the State of Ohio. Please do not plan on discharging any of the items that are found in the list of non-exempted fireworks. This would constitute as an activity that is contrary to the law and would result in a citation and fine.
More information can also be found in the Ohio Fire Code. To access this document there is a link on our website: http://www.mountvernonohio.org/mvfd/.
MOUNT VERNON — Due to contractors installing flow isolation valves, a second boil advisory has been issued for North Sandusky Street from Burgess Street north of Lamartine Street, North Main Street from Sugar Street to Pleasant Street, North Mulberry Street from Sugar Street to Calhoun Street, Cottage Street from Pleasant Street to Curtis Street, Hamtramck Street from Sandusky Street to Main Street, Burgess Street from Sandusky Street to Gay Street, Pleasant Street from Mulberry Street to Gay Street, West Lamartine Street to North Main Street, and West Curtis Street from Sandusky Street to Mulberry Street.
Anyone who was without water will be under a boil advisory for a minimum of 24 hours after the water comes back on. As a precautionary measure, residents in this area should bring their water to a rolling boil for at least 2 minutes before consumption. These procedures should be followed until the advisory is lifted.
Door hangers will not be placed in the affected area. Any questions may be directed to the Mount Vernon Water Department at 393-9504 during business hours of 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.
The boil advisory issued June 25 due to work being done on North Sandusky Street from Chestnut Street north to Curtis Street, West Pleasant Street from Mulberry Street to Norton Street, and West Burgess Street from Mulberry Street to Norton Street has been lifted.
Door hangers were not placed in the affected area.
Any questions may be directed to the Mount Vernon Water Department at 393-9504 during the regular business hours of 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.
NEW PHILADELPHIA — U.S. Route 62 was reopened to traffic Wednesday afternoon.
It was closed April 1, near the Knox County line for construction of a pedestrian/bike tunnel under the roadway as part of the Holmes County Trail Project, Phase 5.
This phase of the trail project connects the Knox County Mohican Valley Trail to Holmes County Road 10 on the Holmes County Trail in Brinkhaven.
About 1,000 feet of a shared-use trail, including a 260-foot lighted tunnel under U.S. 62, was constructed. ODOT’s contractor for this $547,237 project was Page Excavating Inc., from Lucas.
The Ohio Elite-Hatfield baseball team won the USSSA Ohio State 10U AAA Baseball Tournament at Berliner Park in Columbus on Sunday. Team members are, front row from left, Tanner Burgess, Austin Knupp, Ty Hatfield, Sam Sells, Eric Lawrence, Brady Bocherer and Kaine Sheriff; Second row, Noah James, Caleb Sheriff, Dayne Burgess, Tyler Harry and Weston Melick; Third row, coaches Brent Sells, Gregg Burgess, Chuck Melick, Brandon Harry and head coach J.P. Hatfield.
COLUMBUS — The Ohio Elite-Hatfield Auto Service 10 & Under team battled New Albany Gold for six innings on Sunday at Berliner Park in Columbus, with the objective the 10 & Under AAA state championship. The teams combined for 23 runs, but Ohio Elite-Hatfield eked out a 12-11 win for the title.
Both teams combined for 22 hits, including eight for extra bases, and changed leads for times in the game. Ohio Elite-Hatfield slammed four home runs in the contest: By Weston Melick in the third inning, Brady Bocherer and Caleb Sheriff in the fifth inning and Ty Hatfield in the sixth.
Ohio Elite-Hatfield scored twice in the top of the first inning, as Sam Sells doubled then stole third. Hatfield singled, and later scored on a groundout by Austin Knupp.
New Albany answered with a six-run second inning for a 6-2 lead, but Ohio Elite-Hatfield got a home run from Melick in the third inning to cut into the lead. Ohio Elite-Hatfield finally regained the lead in the fifth inning, with the help of Sheriff’s two-run home run, an error and Bocherer’s solo shot. Hatfield’s solo home run was part of a three-run sixth inning which lifted his team to a 12-8 lead.
New Albany closed the deficit to 12-11 with three runs in the bottom of the sixth, but Tyler Harry induced a game-ending groundout to secure the championship.
CENTERBURG — Yesterday evening, at approximately 10:21pm deputies from the Knox County Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of an armed robbery at the Hometown Market located at 3895 Columbus Road in Centerburg. No injuries were reported and the suspect fled with an undetermined amount of money.
The suspect was described as a white; middle aged male about six feet tall. Witnesses described him as having red blotchy areas on his face. He was wearing thick black-rimmed glasses, a black ball cap, gray shirt, jeans, and black shoes. A handgun was displayed during the robbery. The incident remains under investigation.
Mount Vernon debaters Ben Cochran and Stephen Rowe point to their entry number after the cut to the top 100 teams in the nation was announced.
MOUNT VERNON — The duo of Mount Vernon High School juniors Stephen Rowe and Ben Cochran finished 22nd at the National Forensic League’s annual national debate tournament held in Birmingham, Ala., June 16-21.
This was Rowe and Cochran’s first trip to the national tournament where they competed in the event of Public Forum Debate. Two hundred and sixty-eight teams competed in six preliminary rounds before being narrowed down to the top 100 when double elimination rounds began. Rowe and Cochran then advanced five more rounds before exiting the competition with a split decision from a three judge panel.
Coach Jeff Gottke said, “I could not be more excited for Stephen and Ben. Having never been to the tournament before I didn’t know exactly how far they would go, but to finish in the top 25 exceeded my expectations. They not only showed they could compete with the best in the county but are now ranked among the best. They should be very proud.”
To travel to the tournament the team raised all its own funds. “We are extremely grateful to those who helped to give us this opportunity. The Ariel Foundation, Knox County Renaissance Foundation, the Blizzard and Ritter families and Joan Clipse all donated to make our trip possible” said Gottke.
Public Forum Debate is designed to be like a news commentary show where two sides discuss a topic as either the affirmative or negative. Teams prepare both sides of the topic and a coin flip immediately before the round determines which side teams will argue. Each round lasts about 40 minutes. The topic for the tournament was “Resolved: The benefits of American drone strikes against foreign targets outweigh the harms.”
“This was a very difficult topic to grasp,” Gottke said. “Foreign policy topics are incredibly complex, with many different factors to consider. Luckily we feel we are strongest in this area.”
The National Forensic League dates back to 1925 and is the leading coordinating body of debate around the county. The topics are voted on by the member coaches of the league and change monthly. Teams competing at the national tournament must first win a regional qualifier, where Rowe and Cochran finished second.
Looking forward to next season, Gottke said “I am extremely excited for next season. Not only are Rowe and Cochran returning but there nearly a dozen other students returning next year who have tremendous potential. Debate at MVHS has a bright future ahead of it.”