Letter to the Editor: Thank You Speech and Debate Team Supporters!


The Los Alamos High School Hilltalkers and the Los Alamos Middle School Hawktalkers would like to extend their heartfelt thanks to everyone who supported our recent local event.

The 51st annual speech and debate tournament was a huge success. More than 250 competitors representing 13 schools from Zuni, Farmington and Albuquerque traveled to compete in the two day event. Special thanks to the Rotary Club of Los Alamos, the Pajarito Masonic Lodge, Los Alamos National Laboratory’s Vecinos Program, the League of Women Voters, the Toastmasters of Los Alamos, Betty Ehart Senior Center, KRSN, the Monitor, the Los Alamos Daily Post, and the parents and friends of the Hilltalkers and Hawktalkers teams.

This educational opportunity would not have been possible without the generous support of community members and organizations.

The next opportunity for volunteer judges will be at the state tournament March 6-8 at the Santa Fe Courtyard Marriott. We welcome your participation. Please contact team coach Margo Batha at 505.663.2651 or m.batha@laschools.net to sign up to volunteer as a judge.

If you are interested in making a donation to the speech and debate program, the annual United Way pledge drive is currently underway. The Hilltalkers are eligible to receive tax deductible donations and matching funds through the LANL designation program. Your financial support helps the LAHS and LAMS teams attend tournaments and compete around the state and beyond. Both teams have experienced exciting growth in numbers and participation in the past few years. We appreciate your donations!