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Published: Tuesday, May 1, 2007 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Monday, April 30, 2007 at 11:41 p.m.

High school students achieve debate honors

* Students at Buchholz High School and Eastside High School are wrapping up a debate season that was filled with successes.

Debate teams at both schools competed in four tournaments around the state, with several students taking home honors.

Maggie Paxson, a BHS junior, and Alan Grey, an EHS senior, were honored as top winners at all four tournaments. Other top winners included Jorge Espinoza and Catalina Vargas, both BHS seniors, who advanced to the elimination rounds at the University of Florida Blue Key Tournament in the category of public forum debate.

Other debaters in the Blue Key tournament this year were Edie Joseph and Anna Piatyszek, both BHS juniors. The two advanced to the final round before narrowly losing to a North Carolina team 3-4 among a panel of seven judges.

Suleman Rehmann, an EHS sophomore, won first place in the declamation category at a tournament hosted by EHS.

In May, EHS will send its top three winners and BHS will send its top 11 to the Catholic Forensic League National Tournament in Houston.

These 14 students will represent North Florida, competing with more than 2,200 students from 40 states.

The EHS team is coached by Alice Iwinski and Heather Christian, and the BHS team is coached by Kirsten Flamand and Richard Burns.

SFCC taps USDA official as fundraising chief

* Chuck Clemons, a U.S. Department of Agriculture official and financial consultant, has been named vice president for development at Santa Fe Community College.

Clemons is director of the U.S. Department of Agriculture's rural development in Florida and the Virgin Islands, an office appointed by the president of the United States.

Clemons also serves as an independent financial consultant for Koss-Olinger Consulting.

As vice president at SFCC, Clemons will be the college's chief fundraiser. He succeeds W. Harvey Sharron Jr.

Clemons, former chairman of the Alachua County Commission, will draw an annual salary of $119,000.

At the Department of Agriculture, Clemons oversees a staff of 129 people in 16 offices with $2 billion in assets, according to an SFCC news release.

Clemons graduated from Lake City Community College and holds a bachelor's degree in advertising from the University of Florida.

"I am a product of the community college system and a firm believer in the opportunities it presents to students from all backgrounds," Clemons said in the release.

- Compiled by

Jack Stripling

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