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Westminster’s debate team of, from left, Harrison Hall and Anish Dayal won the 61st Barkley Forum National policy debate tournament. / Special Photo
Westminster’s debate team of, from left, Harrison Hall and Anish Dayal won the 61st Barkley Forum National policy debate tournament. / Special Photo
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Westminster debate team wins national tournament
by Neighbor Staff
February 05, 2016 07:02 PM | 361 views | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Westminster’s debate team of, from left, Harrison Hall and Anish Dayal won the 61st Barkley Forum National policy debate tournament. / Special Photo
Westminster’s debate team of, from left, Harrison Hall and Anish Dayal won the 61st Barkley Forum National policy debate tournament. / Special Photo
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Westminster senior Anish Dayal, 17, and junior Harrison Hall 16, won the 61st Barkley Forum National policy debate tournament, a prestigious invitational event with a field comprised of the top 230 debaters from 35 states, Jan. 29 through 31 at Emory University in DeKalb County. The Barkley Forum for High Schools has been firmly committed to supporting high school forensics since 1956 and continues today to provide top-flight national debate competition. With over 74 schools in attendance, Dayal and Hall, currently the fourth-ranked team in the nation, won 10 consecutive rounds to reach the championship. Along the way in the semifinals, they triumphed over the No. 1 team in the nation from the Blake School in Minneapolis to secure a spot in the final round against Raam Tambe and Jerry Wang from the Peninsula School in Menlo Park, California. The semifinals featured Westminster vs. Blake and Glenbrook North in Northbrook, Illinois, vs. Peninsula. After a debate about the merits of the U.S. government’s surveillance policies, Dayal and Hall were victorious over Peninsula in a 22-5 decision coming from a panel of judges known as the Barkley Forum key coaches.
San Fran’s top HIV doc aids Fulton in launching new clinic
by Neighbor Staff
February 05, 2016 06:37 PM | 361 views | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Flanked by veteran California warriors in the fight against HIV/AIDS, Fulton County Board of Commissioners Chairman John Eaves and the leadership of the county’s health services department Friday announced new elements in the battle against the disease. Dr. David Holland, chief clinical officer of the communicable disease division, announced the expansion in the recently opened PrEP Clinic. PrEP, the acronym for pre-exposure-prophylaxis, is a regimen or strategy that includes taking one pill a day to keep from getting HIV. It is highly effective when taken properly — people who use PrEP must commit to taking the drug every day and seeing their health care provider for follow-up every three months. PrEP is strongly recommended for people in high risk groups — men who have sex with men, women whose partners may have bisexual sex and persons with multiple sex partners. The really good news — manufacturer Gilead Sciences is making PrEP available at no cost to those who need it but are unable to pay. Georgia ranks second and Atlanta fifth in the rate of new HIV diagnoses, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Particularly troublesome, Eaves said, is the fact that the highest rate of new infections is among the African-American males who have sex with males in the 13- to 24-age group. Eaves told the audience of some 50 stakeholders to urge political leaders and school officials to get the word out about PrEP. San Francisco General Hospital HIV specialist Dr. Oliver Bacon said he often sees patients who test positive, but who would not have contracted the virus had they known about and used PrEP. Next to trying to prevent HIV with PrEP comes treatment for persons who do test positive. Rapid entry is the strategy to get anyone who tests positive into treatment within 72 hours. Opt-out is making sure everyone who comes to a Fulton Health Center for any service is offered an HIV test. The client doesn’t have to take one, but is made aware testing is available. Persons interested in learning more about prevention regimens or HIV treatment can call or visit the PrEP Clinic, located at the Aldredge Health Center, 99 Jesse Hill Jr. Drive in Atlanta. Information: (404) 613-4708
South Paulding senior Tanner Holcomb
South Paulding senior Tanner Holcomb
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South Paulding lineman Holcomb signs with Air Force
by Maurice Dixon
February 05, 2016 06:24 PM | 290 views | 0 0 comments | 0 0 recommendations | email to a friend | print
South Paulding senior Tanner Holcomb
South Paulding senior Tanner Holcomb
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On Feb. 3, South Paulding senior Tanner Holcomb decided to play football at the Air Force Academy instead of Georgia State, Davidson College, Valparaiso University or Mercer University. “I’m excited for Tanner to be able to represent our school at such a prestigious place then to go on and be a dedicated protector of our country -- nothing can be better than that,” South Paulding coach Ed Koester said. “My decision was based on my future,” Holcomb said. “I thought a lot about how I would probably have more fun at Georgia State but with Air Force you go there for four years and have a job coming right out of college. You also get to serve for your country which is really impressive to me.” The 6-foot-5 offensive lineman has a 3.9 grade-point average and plans to major in political science. “It’s great to have signed,” Holcomb said. “The recruiting process is a lot of fun but it is very stressful. It’s kind of good to be done with it.” “Tanner is an all-around great person,” South Paulding senior Dawson Mitchell said. “There is nothing bad you can say about the kid.” Holcomb said he is ready to compete for his own benefit or the benefit of the team. “I’m going to work hard,” he said. “They don’t have the same rules as far as scholarships so they can have a lot more kids on the team. I’m going to have to compete to get a spot. Whether or not I get that spot, I’m going to be pushing somebody to be the best they can be.” Holcomb, who is also a member of the basketball and track team, appreciates the pace of football. “Football is non-stop action which something I like,” Holcomb said. “I’ve always been into a lot of sports. I just love them. I could never get into baseball because it has all of those stops in it.”

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