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Southern California Debate League THE Southern California Debate League- without doubt the strongest prep league in l he West comprises eleven of the largest and most reputable high schools in the state. As a member of this league. Alhambra ' s representatives have created a great respect for the prowess and ability of our teams; and this year, despite several reverses, the Moors have finished with moderate success. Here follows a review of the season: In the tryouts, held in assembly near the first of the year, George Downing and Thurman Wilkins, powerful Moor orators, were chosen to represent A H. S against Hollywood High School in the first forensic contest of the season. The debate was on lh evening of November 20, on the question, Resolved: " That the United States of America adopt a system of compulsory unemployment insurance. " After the firsl I lollywood orator, Thurman opened the debate for Alhambra, upholding the negative side of the question, and at the same time opened his career as an inter-scholastic speaker, displaying remarkable skill and power for a debater relatively so inexperi- enced. In continuing Thurman ' s arguments, George made his last appearance on the platform for Alhambra. His dynamic eloquence and destructive refutation no doubt dimmed Hollywood ' s hopes of victory and very nearly captured the laurels for Alhanv bra The judges saw fit to give the decision to Hollywood by the close score of 2-1. Defeat, of course, was a disappointment, but the Arabs accepted it graciously. T HE second debate of the year, between Alhambra and San Diego, will be remem- bered for years lo come. It was important for several reasons First, it was
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169 known as Parents ' Night and home-coming time for Alumni debators. Before the contest, Mr Ulmer presented a splendid band concert And never before in the history of the school has a debate or any oiher activity, for that matter- -drawn such a cowd. Incredible as it seems, hundreds of people were turned away from I he door. For the first time in thirteen years Alhambra was represented by a team made up entirely of girls Floy Hendricks and Naomi Harmon, who demonstrated the fact that girls make every bit as good debators as boys The question discussed was, Resolved: " That the United States should adopt uniform marriage and divorce laws, " Alhambia upholding the negative side, Floy Hendricks made an excellent first speaker, handling her material in such a manner as to strike fear into the Hilltoppers ' hearts and win her audience from the stark Her refutation period was especially remarkable, I his marks Floy ' s last appearance in prep debate circles, where her excellent performances place her in the niche of Moorish celebrities. Dominating the platform like the veteran she is, Naomi employed that debate excellence which has captured so many victories for A H. S She matched the oppo- sition argument for argument, and fired numerous questions which would have wilted ordinary opponents. Only the mmbiest of minds snatched San Diego from certain defeat. However good our team, the visiting disputants were just as good. Tl bore themselves magnificently and fought with the tenacity characteristic of rheii border city, so that the judges deemed them worthy of a 2-1 decision. On March 1 1 , the Moors traveled to Jefferson High School, Los Angeles, for the last inter- scholastic battle of the year, staged before the Democratic assembly. Defending the negative side of the question, Resolved: " That the United States government should adopt a policy of refraining henceforth from interfering in Chino- Japanese controversies, " Naomi Harmon and Thurman V ilkins entered the fray deter- mined to emerge with a 3-0 victory. Launching themselves against their enemies with terrific force and battery, they soon realized their set intent. Wilkins, wea considerable rebuttal into his constructive argument, completely disabled the oppo- sition ' s opening discussion, and Miss Harmon skillfully prevented the second Jeffer- sonian from establishing any affirmative arguments. Both Naomi and Thurman polished off the performance with a smooth, yet devastating rebuttal. Naomi ' s keen logic and masterful oratory held the Jeffersonian audience charmed throughoul the entire debate, to cap her last appearance for old A. H, S. with glory. Her graduation will leave a gap in the Arab debate squad not easily refilled. The decision of the three ]udges was immediate and unanimously in favor of the Alhambrans- -delightful compensation for weeks of laborious preparation. Thus ends the season of 1931-32. Alhambra has continued to uphold her stand- ard of debate excellence. But never alone could the Moorish debators have achieved the distinction they now possess. They owe it to the kind guidance of Miss Walker and Mr. Shipman, whose experience and knowledge of the art of debate are the leading forces in making squads.
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