The Los Alamos Hilltalkers Speech and Debate team will hold a bake sale fundraiser 3-6 p.m., Friday in the lobby of Los Alamos National Bank at 1200 Trinity Dr.
The high school speech and debate team will be accepting donations in exchange for homemade treats including brownies, cookies, breads and cakes. Baked goods will be available in small portions, as well as whole cakes and loaves.
The speech and debate team is raising money to send nine students from Los Alamos High School to the National Speech and Debate Association Tournament in Dallas, Texas this June. To date, this is the largest group of Hilltalkers to qualify to attend the annual NSDA tournament.
Among those students attending are:
- Sudeep Dasari, senior;
- Benjamin Duan, senior;
- James Sinnis, senior;
- Aniruddha Nadiga, senior;
- Rebecca Cai, junior;
- Katherine Wang, junior;
- William McCumber, sophomore;
- Robert Zhu, sophomore; and
- Wilbur Wang, sophomore.
Veteran head coach, Margo Batha, and assistant coach, Christine Engelbrecht, also will attend with a number of chaperones. According to Mrs. Batha, “It’s tough to qualify for the National Tournament and these students did an outstanding job.”
“This has been an amazing year for the Hilltalkers and I could not be more proud of my kids,” adds Ms. Engelbrecht.
In addition to the bake sale fundraiser, these students launched a webpage to collect donations from the generous Los Alamos community to cover their flight and boarding expenses at the NSDA tournament. Donations can be made by credit or debit card at http://www.gofundme.com/hilltalkersdallas. The Hilltalkers are trying to raise an estimated $3,500 by June 1.