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A Cool Quilt for Officer Gomez
Last month, Hawthorne Police Officer Gomez suffered a gunshot wound to the leg during a battle with an armed suspect. In addition to an outpouring of community support, he also received this special
handmade quilt from Quilts for Cops to make his recovery a little more comfortable. Photo: Hawthorne PD
El Camino Debaters Were Talk of
National Collegiate Tournament
By Rob McCarthy
El Camino College rules after being crowned
national champions of college forensic
debate in Salt Lake City. The South Bay’s
representatives swept three titles, including
best forensic team at any U.S. college – Ivy
League schools included.
The March competition drew teams from
153 schools, including community colleges
and four-year universities that went head to
head in the parliamentary style of debate.
Two-member teams take turns arguing the
pros and cons of an issue before a judge.
Despite going up against four-year schools
from Arizona, Texas and Oregon, the El
Camino debaters beat all comers and never
lost a match.
El Camino traveled to Utah State University
Herald Gets Small Business Honor
Herald Publications, Inc. has been
selected as Assemblymember Autumn
Burke’s Small Business of the Year
honoree for CA Small Business Day™
2019. We are one of approximately 75
small business owners recognized out
of 3.3 million in all of California. I
will travel to Sacramento to accept this
honor in June. The event is sponsored by
25 small business organizations/chambers,
with over 75 legislators attending. At
the start of the event, we will meet with
Senate leadership, government agency
leaders, and small business advocates and
champions. Lunch and photo opportunities
will follow. I’ll be sure to take a copy of
the Herald along!
This is quite an honor for all of us
who work week after week to serve our
communities and put out quality newspapers.
My greatest honor is working
side-by-side with the kindest, smartest
and most professional people in the industry.
I know how lucky I am. We all
earned this equally. We all have a job
and we all do it well. A giant thank you
and kudos to Haleemon Anderson, Linda
Cohen, Derrick Deane, Mike Gonzales,
Rob McCarthy, Gregg McMullin, Clara
Nilles, Duane Plank, Brian Simon and
Debbie Waite. I could not be prouder of
each and every one of you.
Also a special thanks for Mayor Robert
Pullen-Miles, who threw our hat into the
ring; and to our advertisers, who make
what we do possible.
– Heidi Maerker,
CEO, Herald Publications •
for the grueling three days of argument
about public policy issues, which the National
Parliamentary Debate Association sanctioned.
The debates are extemporaneous and handsfree:
participants don’t have speeches prepared
and don’t carry notes. This freestyle can
prepare college students to enter careers in
government, law or business, according to
parliamentary debate organizers.
It was only the second time in the tournament’s
history that a community college
earned the top spot. The tournament drew 153
teams from two- and four-year universities.
Pac-12 schools, including the universities
of Arizona and Oregon, took part in the
finals. El Camino defeated every team in the
debate competition to capture the coveted
It was a record-setting season for the South
Bay team. El Camino won seven tournaments
in a row, taking home the sweepstakes trophy
for every competition. “This may be the
best team we’ve ever had,” said Professor
Francesca Bishop, director of forensics. El
Camino planned to enter two more competitions
after Salt Lake City.
Bishop coaches the national championship
program along with debate professors Mark
Crossman and Joseph Evans, and Assistant
Coach Brittany Hubble. Damon Lawson is
a student coach for the competitors from
the El Camino College communication studies
program. The National Parliamentary
Debate Association says that up to 250
schools attend at least one tournament each
season. The debate format is two-on-two,
and the association says the format of the
competition encourages quick thinking and
The college students at the Salt Lake City
debates sparred over public policy issues -- the
See El Camino, page 7