Alhambra High School - Alhambran Yearbook (Alhambra, CA)

 - Class of 1932

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Walker Moye H.llln, k Harmon Artr Hendricks Hinkley Shipman San Gabriel Valley Debate League JUST as class B and C athletic teams are feeders for the varsity, so is the San Gabriel Valley Debate League a feeder for the stronger Southern California League. This year on September 30, Alhambra was host of the league meeting, at which all mem- bers were represented. Questions and schedules were discussed, and it was decided that Alhambra in her three debates would uphold the affirmative side of the question: Resolved, " That military training should be adopted in secondary schools. " A brief account of three combats follows: Actual fire this season began when Floy Hendricks and Don Moye took the platform for the Moors. Bucking a crack team from Herbert Hoover High School. Clendale, they were granted numerous opportunities to bring into play their compet- ' Mi knowledge of debate tactics. Floy, employing her unusual capacity for quick thought to the best advantage, picked holes in the opposition ' s case which very nearly sent the Hooverites to ruin. Don, with the marvelous oratory which has rated him so high in the Times Oratorical Contest, closed the debate, making a deep im- pression on the minds of the audience. But in spite of the Arabs ' remarkable stand, Clendale ' s team proved to be the stronger and received the decision of the single judge. A week later Naomi Harmon and Malcolm Hinkley battled two seasoned delegates

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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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171 from Cirrus Union High School in the larter ' s auditorium. This debate was most in- teresting, inasmuch as both teams were especially well prepared and strove to the utmost to capture the vote. Naomi fought with her usual fire, as for Malcolm, though this was but his first big time debate, he performed in such a praiseworthy manner, the people were convinced that he was a veteran. The Arabs fought determinedly to the very end. They established a strong, well-balanced case and backed it up with an admirable refutation, but as only one team could win, they were forced down in a glorious defeat. The last debate of the season, against Puente Union High School, took place at Alhambra. The Moorish participants were Elizabeth Artz and Eddie Hallock, seniors, who distinguished themselves by the fact that they debated Oregon style. That is, they cross-questioned the opposing team and in turn were themselves subjected to cross-examination. The speakers from Puente presented an excellent debate, but the Arabs put them completely to shame During the whole debate the Moors proved to be true disciples of the Walker-Shipman system; and when they finished, not a Puente argument was left standing They emerged with a unanimous decision. This concludes the activities of Alhambra in the San Gabriel Valley Debate League. But at various times throughout the season the Junior Varsity squad has also engaged itself in other interesting contests, at which we have achieved enviable success — losing one debate and winning three. Outlaw Debates ON december 10, Cordon Jenkins and Harry Slack defended the affirmative side of the question: Resolved, " That the United States should recognize Soviet Russia, " against the terrific attack of the Belmont team. Our boys fought with the good old Moorish spirit, but the odds were against them. However, when they learned that the Belmont team had already debated three times they took defeat as a matter of course. Scores were evened with Herbert Hoover High School in December 7, when Robert Kistler and Debate Manager William Devine appeared in the Clendale assembly and beat the Hooverites on the negative side of the question: Resolved, " That compul- sory Military Training be adopted in Secondary Schools. " William and Bob, both here- tofore inexperienced in inter-scholastic debating, outclassed the Clendale speakers in every department of the field Evidently the Hooverites were not satisfied with the result of this fray, for not long afterward they challenged the Moors to another debate, dual in nature, the question of which was: Resolved, " That an economic boy- cott should be declared against Japan. The morning of March 16, Louise Howard and Malcolm Hinkley journeyed to Clendale in defense of the affirmative side of the question and once more before the Hoovente ' s assembly the Arabs claimed the laurels after completely routing their foes. That afternoon a Clendale team visited Alhambra and took defeat at the hands of Harry Slack and William Devine, who launched a crushing attack in favor of the negative side of the question.

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