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July 15, 2009 > Logan students shine this summer

Logan students shine this summer

Submitted By Rick La Plante

A James Logan High School student is a member of the United States team competing at the World Youth Track & Field Championships in Bressanone, Italy.

Ciarra Brewer, who will be a junior at Logan in the fall, won the triple jump at U.S. trials at Eastern Michigan University. With a leap of 43 feet, 41/4 inches, Ciarra earned one of only 27 spots on the girls' team in the sixth annual International Association of Athletics Federations World Championships in Bressanone, a town in the Italian Alps.

At the national and international level, Ciarra represents the Mission Valley Track and Field Club, run by Logan head coach Lee Webb. In June, Ciarra won the state high school championship in the triple jump, leaping 42 feet, 11 1/2 inches at the California Interscholastic Federation meet in Clovis.

Also in June, two Logan students won a national championship at the 2009 National Forensic League Tournament. Two other Logan students were runners-up in the national championship for high school debaters, and Logan once again was named a School of Excellence.

Ismael Williams and Drake Pough won the national championship in Duo Interpretation, which requires competitors to interpret a memorized piece of literature without costumes or props. It is one of 10 main events at the NFL Tournament, which attracts more than 3,500 students from all 50 states. This year's tournament was in Birmingham, Ala.

Ismael and Drake, both of whom will be seniors in the fall, each received a $5,000 college scholarship from Lincoln Financial Group and a $1,000 scholarship presented by Colorado College.

Two other Logan students, Patrick Berger and Justin Chan, were runners-up in another event, Policy Debate, which requires students to evaluate resolutions of policy in a team format. Patrick and Justin also will be seniors this fall.

Logan, under nationally recognized coach Tommie Lindsey, routinely is named a School of Excellence in at least one of the three categories recognized by the NFL. This year, Logan was named a School of Excellence in all three categories: Speech, Debate and All Events. Mr. Lindsey's assistant coaches are Tom Woodhead and Nathan Steele.

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