It's a sad day when our students' academic achievements are tossed aside.
I recently learned that the Chiawana speech and debate team (part of the National Forensics League -- the NFL) qualified three of its 35 members to compete at nationals this year. These students start working in September, learning the skills of debate, public speaking and even interpretation (acting). Their season is long and arduous, yet little is ever printed in the Herald about their achievements. Oh, by the way, they were the overall division champs this year.
It's further disheartening to note that these three students have been told that the district won't support them financially in their endeavors to go to nationals. Unfortunately, their fundraising efforts have fallen short. They've received little or no support from the Tri-City community in the way of donations (it is rather ironic that a sizeable check came from a gentleman in Bainbridge Island).
These kids are our future leaders: senators, lawyers, judges. These kids are college bound and could receive scholarships for competing at nationals.
Sorry kids. your aspirations of going to the national tournament -- your Super Bowl -- was just a pipe dream. And we all lose.
THOMAS MCMAHON, Kennewick