Back to ZOOM this week where we had a very wonderful presentation by our favorite Middle School Speech and Debate Team from Emerson Middle School. We learned from Elia, Sophia and Merrick, all 8th graders, that speech and debate is a class at Emerson that the students can choose to take.
Emerson’s Speech and Debate team competes in tournaments sponsored by the Southern California Middle School Speech and Debate League. The team competes in areas like humorous interpretation, duet, poetry interpretation, impromptu, and declamation. The team has won multiple top honors in competitions across Southern California. Their numerous trophies can be seen in Emerson’s trophy case.
We found our presenters very interesting, well spoken and very enthusiastic about speech and debate. They told us why they took the class (one wanted to learn how to speak in public), and their future goals. One wants to go to law school, one become a doctor, and one a President!! Great goals!! Teacher Sarah Karasik has done a wonderful job in preparing these young people for speaking in public, debating in a kind but meaningful manner and, to feel comfortable in competitions. The respect and admiration they have for their teacher and she for them, came through loud and clear in the presentation.
We wish the Emerson Speech & Debate Team the best of luck in this school year and beyond. We love this school and have supported this program for many years now.
Some little-known facts about the school:
Ralph Waldo Emerson Community Charter School is a charter middle school in the Los Angeles Unified School District in Westwood, Los Angeles, California, United States. It was designed by famed architect Richard Neutra and was named in honor of Ralph Waldo Emerson, the American author, poet, and philosopher. The school offers special academic programs, including the Mathematics Engineering and Science Achievement (MESA), the School for Advanced Studies (SAS), and the Individualized Honors Program (IHP). Marilyn Monroe & Bonnie Raitt both attended Emerson. Michael Jackson, albeit only one semester, and La Toya Jackson, as well as the lead singer of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Anthony Kiedis, also studied there.
Thank you to Sarah Huang, UCLA Rotaract and, Yang Shen M. Nemetsky for spending their lunch hour with us today. Also, thanks to VP Benjamin Fisher for leading the pledge and PP Tom Barron for “Mom’s Lessons” as the thought of the day.