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November 26, 2013 > Twenty-five years of success: James Logan High SchoolÕs Forensics team

Twenty-five years of success: James Logan High SchoolÕs Forensics team

By Miriam G. Mazliach

James Logan High SchoolÕs renowned Forensics (Speech and Debate) team will be highlighting accomplishments of 25 years at a celebration Saturday, December 28. An Italian buffet dinner will be included and many alumni are expected to return for the festivities which will also serve as a fundraiser for the team.

Forensics Boosters President, Florence Graham says, ÒThe team is recognized nationally and state-wide for all of the champions produced under the watchful eye of its coach, Dr. Tommie Lindsey. He has given his all to make sure the team survives. Lindsey travels with the team to different tournaments throughout the state as well as out of state and uses all of his energy to keep the team going,Ó adds Graham.

She states, ÒWe used to get funding from the District [New Haven Unified]; however, with all of the budget cuts to education our funding has dwindled. We try to do fundraising as much as we can, but donations have declined; so, we have to be self sufficient to keep our team going. There are costs for instance such as the cost of buses to get the kids back and forth from tournaments, plane tickets when we travel out of state and hotel rooms for overnight tournaments. We also have to pay for the coaches that coach the team,Ó says Graham.

Parents are heavily relied upon to judge at tournaments and to donate food items and beverages, such as during the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday, when the team hosts a well-attended Forensics tournament. Also, many of the parents are up every Saturday morning and go to tournaments to judge in order to help save the team from paying for judgesÕ fees.

Graham explains that the Forensics team is like a family. ÒThe kids learn so much from being involved. They learn how to speak in public and helpful skills for jobs and college interviewing. We have about a 90 percent graduation rate on the team, and many go on to attend institutions of higher learning such as: Stanford, Berkeley, Cal State East Bay, Brown, Davis, and University of San Francisco, to name but a few,Ó says Graham.

ÒDr. Lindsey is an outstanding teacher, coach, mentor and father to the team; he has given up so much over the years and should be commended for all of his work keeping the team together,Ó Graham comments.

If you are interested in donating to the event please call (510) 589-3519. Tickets to the celebration can be purchased through Eventbrite ( Deadline to purchase tickets is December 15.

Forensics celebration
Saturday, Dec. 28
6:00 p.m. Ð 8:30 p.m.
James Logan High School, Guy Emanuele Pavilion
1800 H Street, Union City
(510) 589-3519

$35/per person includes buffet dinner
Tickets can be purchased online through Eventbrite (

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