The Grovetown High School Speech and Debate Team participated in the Griffin Debate Tournament on Sept. 7. The team qualified four students (Nicole Garcia, Olivia Vasquez, Kaitlyn Quinn and Alexandria Johnson) to the Varsity State Championship, to be hosted by the Georgia Forensic Coaches Association in March of next year. Debaters and speakers won awards in Policy Debate, Public Forum Debate, Lincoln-Douglas Debate, Extemporaneous Speaking, Humorous Interpretation and Poetry and Prose. Summer Vick and Ryan Crookham placed third in Junior Varsity Policy; Justin Davis and Trey Miller placed third in Novice Policy; Kaitlyn Quinn and Alex Johnson placed second in Varsity Public Forum Debate; and Alexis Berry and Katie Trimm where quarterfinalists in Varsity Public Forum. Nicole Garcia placed sixth in both Humorous Interpretation and Extemporaneous Speaking while Olivia Vasquez placed fifth in Poetry/Prose. Deanna Snellings, Justin Davis and Kaitlyn Quinn won top-five speaker awards in their respective debate events. Last year, Deanna Snellings won the First Year State Championship and Colin Berry qualified and attended the National Forensic League National Championships in Birmingham, Ala.
Ryan Hall, son of Rodney and Crystal Hall of Evans, was selected for a snare drum position with the Carolina Crown drum and bugle corps of Fort Mill, S.C. Ryan currently attends Western Carolina University as a music education student and would like to pursue a career as a band director. Carolina Crown won the World Finals competition held at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Ind. The corps' 2013 production "E=mC2" won awards for Visual Performance, Brass and General Effect and will participate in the annual Christmas parade held in The Magic Kingdom at Disney World.
The Greater Augusta Partnership for Literacy received a donation from the Columbia County Rotary Club. The Greater Augusta Partnership for Literacy currently serves more than 800 children in the area with a book each month. For more information please visit, www.augustaliteracy.org or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Shown are Pam Lightsey, GAPL public relations; Larry Lynn, president of the Columbia County Rotary Club; and Ricardo Bravo, GAPL president.