Keller’s accident leaves Speech and Debate without a coach

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Laura Yang

 

Speech and Debate is left coachless for the second time this year as coach Shirley Keller fractured her pelvis at the Nov. 1 Leland individual events tournament

Speech and Debate is left coachless for the second time this year as coach Shirley Keller fractured her pelvis at the Nov. 1 Leland individual events tournament. 

After the final round of the tournament, Keller was in the Leland tabulation room when she lost her footing on the steps and fell.



Keller was in the hospital for five days and is currently going through physical therapy.  
Speech and Debate continues their after school practices as varies staff members help supervise in Keller's absence.  Photo courtesy of Sumukh Anand.

Administration does not anticipate her return until after Christmas break.  Dean of Students Denae Moore is acting as the adviser with the help of English teacher Scott Catrette.  Special education teacher Susan Cooper and modern language teacher Joyce Fortune have helped supervise tournaments, though administration is considering hiring a temporary coach until Keller returns.

Despite not having their coach, Speech and Debate students performed well at both the Nov. 14 individuals events tournament and the Nov. 15 debate tournament at Milpitas High School, where four debaters went undefeated and a number of individual events competitors placed in the final round.

 

 

 

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