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October 23, 2006

Shepherd debate team places first at tourney



SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va. - The Shepherd University Debate and Forensics Team took first place and received 23 awards in the Shenandoah Novice Debate and Forensic Tournament held Sept. 23 at Shepherd University, according to a university press release.

Roland Rhinehart of Martinsburg, W.Va., received first-place awards in poetry and dramatic duo; second place in parliamentary debate; and fourth place in pentathlon.

Shawn Staub of Charles Town, W.Va., received first place in after-dinner speaking; second-place awards in parliamentary debate, pentathlon, dramatic duo and dramatic interpretation; and fourth place in poetry.

Kristin Retter of McLean, Va., received first-place honors in dramatic duo, communication analysis and pentathlon; second-place awards in impromptu and informative speaking; and third-place awards in after-dinner speaking and Lincoln-Douglas debate.

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Joel DeShong of Hedgesville, W.Va., received fourth place in persuasion and superior in pentathlon.

Jason McGill of Kearneysville, W.Va., received second-place awards in dramatic duo and communication analysis; and fifth-place awards in persuasion and pentathlon.

Teams from Cornell University, Bloomsburg University, Lafayette College, Virginia State University, Cedar Crest College, Brookdale College and Loch Haven University participated in the event.




Schools plan events for Red Ribbon Week



Washington County Public Schools will celebrate Red Ribbon Week, the annual national observation showing commitment to drug-free lives, throughout this week, according to a press release from the school system.

Many schools have events planned throughout the week, according to the release.

The first Red Ribbon campaign was organized by the National Family Partnership in 1988 in honor and memory of Drug Enforcement Administration agent Enrique Camarena, who was killed in 1985 while working undercover.

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