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EL Debater Shines
Jaclyn Aldrich Is MAHS Scholar Of The Year

EL Debater Shines

For the second consecutive tournament, the Elk Lake Forensics Team’s youngest member, seventh grader Austin Cohen dominated his competition in JV Lincoln-Douglas Debate.

Cohen, the youngest competitor in the field, won the JV LD Debate title at the 36th annual Blue, Maroon, and White Tournament at Shikellamy High School on January 12.

Elk Lake Seventh Grader Austin Cohen – First Place winner in JV Lincoln-Douglas Debate at the 36th annual Blue, Maroon, and White Tournament.

In the three preliminary rounds, Cohen compiled a two win and one loss record by defeating debaters from Wallenpaupack and Southwestern High Schools. His only loss came to Victoria Sauers, a freshman from Shikellamy High School, in the third round.

In Semi-Finals, Cohen was paired against Sauers, who was the top seeded debater, again. This time Cohen won a 3-0 decision.

This win advanced Cohen to Finals, where he met Will Marble, a freshman, from LaSalle College High School who was undefeated up to this point in the tournament. Cohen easily defeated him in the finals and won the JV LD Championship.

“This is an incredible accomplishment for Austin. BMW is a significantly more competitive tournament than he has seen so far. It also has a much more varied judging pool. He has truly been working very hard,” commented EL Forensics Director Keith Brosious.

The EL Forensics Team’s next event was at Meyers High School in Wilkes-Barre on January 19, the annual Martin Luther King Invitational Tournament. Then, on to Sterling, VA to compete at the Potomac Falls Debate Tournament on January 26.

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Jaclyn Aldrich Is MAHS Scholar Of The Year

Senior Jaclyn Aldrich was recently selected as Montrose Area High School Scholar of the Year. She will be interviewed on radio Sunday, February 10 at 2:00 p.m. on the University of Scranton Radio Station WUSR-99.5 FM. The Scholar of the Year Program is sponsored by the Northeast Educational Intermediate Unit #19 and WUSR - 99.5 FM. One senior student from each high school in the intermediate unit is selected on the basis of academic excellence, leadership, and citizenship. In addition to the broadcast interviews, the scholars and their parents are honored at a banquet at the end of the school year.

Jaclyn is the daughter of John and Jill Aldrich of Hallstead. Jaclyn is involved in many school and community activities. She is a member of the National Honor Society, Section Leader in the Montrose Area High School Marching Band and Assistant Drum Major, Scholastic Team, Drama Club and Key Club. As part of Montrose Area Band, she has earned a spot in Regional, District Band and All State Concert Band. Outside of school, Jaclyn is involved in the Northern Tier Community Band and has attended art workshops at Keystone College as well as being a youth group missionary. Jaclyn plans to attend college for Art Therapy/Mental Health Counseling and ultimately would like to work with Autistic and disabled children.

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