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Possible Funding for the DDF Team

Posted by: Jacob Mayforth | February 29, 2012 | 2 Comments |

This year a new system was established to give $34,381 out of $170,000 to traveling teams on their way up to sports events, in order to pay for expensive bus rides and fares. Every team got a slice of the money to make the cost on students easier, every team except DDF.

DDF, or Drama Debate and Forensics, has a yearly admissions cost of $190, all of which comes out of the student’s pocket. Additionally adding bus fares, hotel fares, and food money, and now every member of the DDF team spends on average $400-500 to be on and compete with the team.

This year’s DDF team has been increasingly successful at competitions, taking first and second overall at regular meets and placing third in Forensics and Drama at state. This success has drawn the eye of Homer High Principal Dr. Allan Gee, who has already asked site council about the idea of funding the DDF team.

“I hope that they will look at the fact that we are a successful team, and place at state,” said Amy Christianson, recent winner of the “DDF Coach of the Year” award.

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I’d like to know more about how much funding is given to other individual school teams, average GPAs of participants on different teams, and how a student uses the skills from those team events as they enter adulthood.

Well done, DDF’ers. Once upon a time, I was a member of a very successful debate team, much in the same financial strain as yours. The team here in Seward, likewise, shares your plight. You have the opportunity to speak out about it – continue to do so! After all, it is what we’re best at – using our voices to convey a concept. Congrats on your achievements this year. Break a leg!

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