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Circumstances change.

Larry Dennis Lemons, 73, died Aug. 12, 2018, in Craig. He was born on May 7, 1945, in Prairie City , Oregon.
Helen Blanche Peterson, 70, died Aug. 11, 2018, in Saxman. She was born Helen Blanch Edenshaw on Feb. 10, 1948, in Ketchikan.
Great experience

Ketchikan High School will be the host school for a Debate, Drama and Forensics meet on Friday and Saturday, an event that will bring student participants from around the region here to the First City.

DDF is a terrific opportunity for high school students to exercise their research, analytic and public-speaking skills. They learn methods of communicating to and connecting with an audience. They gain experience in thinking on their feet in potentially stressful situations. Writing is also involved.

As it’s not easy, successful participation in DDF is a lesson in perseverance, as well.

We’re excited that schools in Ketchikan and other areas of Southeast Alaska continue to provide opportunities to participate in drama, debate and forensics. DDF, in addition to opportunities such as Academic Decathlon, Ocean Sciences Bowl, music and sports programs, add much to the core educational offerings and help students prepare for success in life after graduation.

We’re also excited that there are opportunities for students participating in these programs to travel for events in other communities.

Travel and the ability to see other places and people can bring terrific educational experiences for students. These experiences can broaden a student’s perspectives, and create memories that will remain over a lifetime.

Providing these types of opportunities for students takes a lot of commitment from communities, school districts, individual schools, school personnel, parents and others.

For example, a DDF meet is no sizable undertaking. The logistics and cost of travel, preparations of the facility, and coordination of the small army of judges and other volunteers to conduct the meet requires significant resources. This is in addition to the students’ efforts in the DDF program itself.

But the opportunities and potential benefits are great, well worth all of the effort. We are excited that students continue to make use of those opportunities.

Our best wishes for good energy and great success go to the DDF participants and organizers this weekend.