Archive | February, 2009

Team Picture & Memorial Details

20 Feb

du-debate-coach1Team Pictures:

The Exec reminds every Speech & Debate member to wear tournament dress for team pictures tomorrow. Even if not competing Friday, you must be dressed to be in our yearbook photo. Please report to the cafeteria by 1:35 for our team picture.

Memorial Details:

All Debaters & Duo teams will report to the Speech room after picture Friday in order to leave Kerr at 2:05 pm sharp. Don’t forget that all members, new and old, must have their new signed medical form to ride on the team bus.

All debaters and IE’ers must report to the front of the school to meet Coach Madsen Saturday at 6:30 am.

Remember our team goal is top three Sweeps for IE’s & Debate, so everyone must do their part.



Memorial TOC Tournament

20 Feb


(Kerrs PFers preping before their first round)

Foreign Extempt:
Student Congress:

Micheal Kebede -5th place
Micheal Kebede -2nd place
Thuan Nguyen -5th place

Joshua Tang – 3rd speaker award

Jessie Ho and Christine Umeh -Quarter-finals
Annie Pham and Nicholas Chan -Nicholas Chan

Kerr’s Policy Teams Compete at UIL District

13 Feb

uilWish our Kerr Debate Policy Teams good luck as they compete at El Campo in UIL Districts this weekend as they are aiming for our first ever trip to UIL CX State. Since this summer’s BP A+ for Energy Policy Camp this past summer, they have been researching intensely on Alternative Energies and will put that knowledge to good use as they compete for the highly prized two spots at UIL State.

Our UIL Teams are:

Nick Chan & Jesse Ho

Christine Umeh & Sivlia Chicas

Cameron Clark & Destiny Cannon

Memorial Tournament Permissions Due!

11 Feb

white-tigerAll competitors must have permission and money turned in by this Friday! Our efforts to end the season with a big Sweeps win depends on each of you. Make sure we practice this Thursday and see Davis about your spot. There are only 3 spots for each Debate event, so you must get it approved by Coach Davis.

Poetry and Prose is already waitlisted, so this should already be entered.

Anyone not entered, should see Davis Wednesday to secure a spot.

Anyone not paid by Friday 13th, will pay $5 a day late fees  next week! DON’T BE LATE!

Texas City Trouble – UIL Coming Soon

9 Feb

texascity31A small group of Kerr Debaters, Christina Phan, Rumana Kermalli, Nick CHan, and Jesse Ho travelled to Texas City this weekend. Although none got the State Points they were looking for, Rumana Kermalli broke to Congress Finals and the other debaters learned that we have to adapt to the more persuasive style of debate for UIL.  All debaters and extempers interested in UIL competition should start applying with Coach Davis this week. All UIL poetry and prose competitors should see Mr. Martin in English.

Kerr’s “Green Week” Air Awareness Campaign Takes Flight!

4 Feb

blue-stackAs part of the Lexus Eco Challenge, Kerr’s Green Debate Team continues it’s “Green Week” activities Wednesday, February 4th, with “green” face painting and signing of the Youth Climate Pledge in the Cafeteria. The Climate Pledge challenges both staff and students alike to take climate friendly action in our homes, school, community, and nation. All those committed to making a difference in keeping our air clean and our community clean are welcome to sign the pledge and place a leaf on our symbolic “Tree of Knowledge” in the cafeteria.

The Green Debate Team also reminds all community members to send in guest blogs to Mr. Davis at, or just read and comment on our student’s fantastic articles at hope to expose this great site to a much wider audience than has been achieved previously, and have at least 100 comments from concerned community members this week. Do your part by logging on, and commenting today.

Kerr Speech & Debate is a proud sponsor of The Green Debate Team at

TFA State Qualifyers & Scholarships!

2 Feb

tfalogo1Currently, five Kerr Speech and Debate members have qualled for TFA State. Congratulations to Joshua Tang, Ainee Athar, Thuan Nguyen, Peter Ton, and Micheal Kebede for qualifying for TFA State. Competitors in the running to qual, include Nicholas Chan, Jesse Ho, Rumana Kermali, and Christina Phan among others.

All of the above and any others planning to qual by Memorial, January 20-21, should go to to check out State details. TFA State will be held in Cypress ISD in Houston, March 5-7, 2009.

All competitors are encouraged to download the scholarship information and give to Davis by this Thursday, February 5. Application can be downloaded at

Scholarship Information

The Texas Forensic Association will award four scholarships at the state tournament in March. Two males and two females will be presented with scholarships of $500 and $300. Applications are due by February 7, 2009. Applications will be rated on honors, achievements, financial need, and academics; all elements will be weighed equall.

 – Coach Davis