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November 27, 1992 The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana Junior High Speech League_g0000 Students gain self-esteem, enjoy camaraderm i By MARY ANN HUGHES people, it makes them feel so and a great camaraderie Message staff writer Candy Brownlee believes that the Catholic Junior High pe.ech League is one of the est self-esteem builders She's ever seen. he s been involved with e league since her son, yan, was a student at Christ ne King School in 'vansville. As a parent and as _Watched as stud;nt: ale:;with learned how to s ea 's confidence and poise. She. also Watched them learn to take risks and learn how to s u.,Cceed: And she's watched VVll, l"l i  elight as a special c- naaraderie has (tevelopcd among classmates. . , 0nq? e. points with prl(le to student she roached: he and he had a h,st,.,r ; o |"::;',"g,- tlng Into o "IaTL . u[)l, in so:heel. -hen he Started workinu in speech, the teachers began tl,; .,.s less Was")e }n elas, a.d that he to g,,, hi.00 h(,,,,,,- ',o ,tulle Oil tilne. hi,,-urn,. It Was something for ,- to look forward t() an(I he calne to practice day. every si ugh.' h;? Was a SOurc,: ()f 1,ride for ,n, W|lon thel'c weren't SOurces of pride in his saw him mature in a mr of cs. When he so:heel, he got in drama, That have i f he happened m speech at good about themselves. They think, 'I took this risk and I succeeded,' and then they be- come risk takers in many other areas." The origins of the Catholic Junior High Speech League go back to 1985 when Father Mark Kurzendoerfer and Jeanne Thomas organized a league for students in Catholic schools on Evansville's westside. In 1988, a few eastside Catholic schools had joined the league through the leadership of Brenda Donofrio, then princi- pal at Good Shepherd School, Evansville. This year, over 400 stu- (lents, from 16 Evansville area schools, participated. "It's really explodc'd numbers wise," sai(t Father Kurzen(lo- erfer. Father Kurzendoerfl,r said the mid(tie s(:hool program has be, en a(tal)te(t [roln the high s(:h()()l t)rogram. "'W(: tr\\;' to go tim extra mih For e- aml)le, the t)relmrati(m time is modified. \\;V. hay(, to (to that to get the kids involved. Our key thing is that we want the kilts to be su(:(:essfu[." This fall. the league sport- sorer] ft)ur regular speec]l 111eets i|lld a tOlll'ilalnen|. Dur- ing the meets, 400 students walked (luicqly to alld fronl their (:lassrooms and st)oke in hushe(t tones. Father Kurzen- doerfer (:ommente(t, "You woul(tn't believe the drama during the meets. You would think that we were doing brain surgery, that's how they among coaches." Brownlee agreed, noting, "You can't describe the spirit and camaraderie of the stu- dents at a meet. It's very con- tagious, more so than at an athletic event. The students all sit together as a group and there is the anticipation of hearing the name of a student from their school during the awards ceremony. You will see students together who don't necessarily socialize in the school setting, but all of a sudden, they are all there for a common purpose and goal. They are very supportive." Both Brownlee and Father Kurzendoerfer have seen the middle school program en- hance the speech team pro- grams at Memorial and Mater I)ei high schools. Father Kurzen(toerfer sai(t, "Five or six years ago, we were com- peting on par with the city schools, but we weren t quali- fying people for national competition. Now Mater Dei is qualifying people in na- tional competition and we have a stronger debate pro- gram." Schools in the Evansville area that are participating in the league include St. Bene- dict, Christ the King, Resur- rection, Holy Redeemer, Westside Catholic Consoli- dated, Good Shepherd, St. Theresa, Holy Rosary, Corpus Christi and Holy Spirit, all in Evansville; St. Wendel. St. Wendel; St. John, Newburgh; St. Joseph, Vanderburgh County; St. James, St. James, and St. Philip, St. Philip, The Evansville Day School is also t)articipating in lhe league. 11 I land said lhe . ..... sider a suggestmn by:n Anglican bishop the( the pope establish a ipOon prelature as a haveh foi members of the Church of England unable to :accept women priests. A sOd:of the Church of England , cently voted to alloW ordi. nation of wornem ! Progress noted :l The Vat!can and Israel ] expressed satisfaction" at i the first stage of their tal] on church,state problems, I but both sides said they| wanted negotiations t01 move faster, ,Meeting in[ Ierusalem No,. 19, a joint[ high-level commission aP,I proed a text tliat will be| included in an eventual| overall agreement' Both| sides have said they hope I the talks will evefituaflyl lead to full diplomatic rela' I lions. I Bishop dies i I Retired Bishop Richard] H. Ackerman of Covington died Nov; 18 of complica tions from pneumonia. He was 89. During his tenure. Bishop Ackerman called for an adequate civil de: lense, spoke out against the death penalty and for fair housing laws, and called for a meier missionary ef- fort in the soulhern Ap, palachian region. ............ school level." take it. They take it very seri- e believes that the ously. " ,! ,.am program is an "Thev be2in to learn that million to to build self-esteem when tfiey put a lot of time in the Papal .s because "it's a something, when thev really _mere to show their strive for things, tfiey can : :, j$1 millim Dioceses sU ur kids who haven't achieve them." :,i'i [tributed $5.5 million so:far| oroCnssful in the class- The speech program has : !!:: Ithis year. The Vatican esti- i ::;; lmates a $91.7 million] the sorts f . , s ecome a wouderful so ::.:.: ! ,L P . ield it al o b " - ishortfatlin 1993. ::::: et,, o!her way to cial thing for our young peo- ' !! CrNAneedshelp: l ! 't-. men !s extremely Die." he said. "They don't feel ;'   ' ,=t,or adolescents. " hke they have ,o t;e iuvolved Hearing his work t,  a child is able to in sports to have those social ne Cur.age to get up connections. There is a great Start Levee listens as Robert Kurzendoerfer reads a column I Auxiliary Bishop John r.i ,- ,urm tot a group of camaraderie among the kids from Levee's book. Kurzendoerfer is a member of the speech | Ricard of Baltimore Nov, 18 ! | told the U,S, bishops that !    ll team at Memorial High School, Evansville, and he has been r on network| / nt cutbacks,':i Great Deals on All / using columns from Levco's book during city high school their television net faces !'signtficant cutl meets. Levee is Vandehurgh County prosecutor, in its budget becau -- Message photo by Mary Ann Hughes revenue: shorthilS :f0t the:| _ _ __ past two ears, The numlr [ May the Sacred Heart of Jesus I -h. M,,,,,=,=.. [ [ Subscribe to | up from 121 to 12a of subschbing diOces New 1992 In Stock be adored, glorified, loved and preserved throughout the world | .,.,,,... ..-.....-.,.-v.,..,=.- | now and forever, Sacred Heart of Chevrolt/ O|dll Jesus, pray for us. St. Jude , worker of miracles pray for us. St. 00dillac, Oeo and for us. Thank You St. Jude and Ty O Sacred Heart of Jesus for granting to-- Trucks my petitions. 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