Immaculate Heart HS debater earns top national honor

Katie Hughes cradles her trophy after being named the number one female Lincoln-Douglas debater in the U.S.

Katie Hughes, a member of Immaculate Heart’s class of 2014, became the top female Lincoln-Douglas debater in the country following her third place win at the 2014 National Speech & Debate Tournament.

Hughes competed in 15 rounds of the L-D Debate over four consecutive days of competition at the recent National Championships in Overland Park, Kansas. By reaching the semi-finals and placing third, she became the top female debater in the nation among the 254 L-D debaters competing at the event.

This year’s topic was “Resolved: The United States ought to prioritize the pursuit of national security objectives above the digital privacy of its citizens.” Hughes qualified to attend the national competition after placing first at the West Los Angeles District Qualifying Tournament this past March. This is the second year in a row an Immaculate Heart student has participated in the national tournament.

Hughes, the daughter of Joyce and Terry Hughes of Los Angeles and a member of Our Mother of Good Counsel Church in Los Feliz, will attend Stanford University this fall and plans to major in physics.

“I’m thrilled and very proud of Katie,” said IH coach Naemah Morris, who also received the National Speech & Debate Association’s School of Honor Award for Immaculate Heart.


Things beyond our imagination

Father Ronald Rolheiser, OMI

Recently, at an academic dinner, I was sitting across the table from a nuclear scientist. At one point, I asked him this question: Do you believe that there’s human life on other planets? His answer surprised me: “As a scientist, no, I don’t believe there’s human life on another planet.


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October 4, 2015

  • Sunday, October 4

    Gerard Thomas Straub Book Signing, 9 a.m.- 1p.m., Holy Family Bookstore, 1519 Fremont Ave., South Pasadena. Straub will discuss his newly re-released book, “The Sun and Moon Over Assisi.” (626) 403-6133.

    St. Kateri Mass, 11 a.m., St. Marcellinus Church, 2349 Strong Ave., Commerce. Everyone is welcome to honor and follow in the footsteps of St. Kateri Tekakwitha. Potluck and raffle immediately following – bring a favorite dish to share!

    Faith Support on Our Cancer Journey, 2-4 p.m., Mary & Joseph Retreat Center, 5300 Crest Rd., Rancho Palos Verdes. This afternoon of reflection will explore ways for those struggling with cancer can nurture their spirits and seek divine guidance and support. $25 ($20 if paid in full by September 25). (310) 377-4867.

    “Come and See” Vocation Event, 2-7 p.m., Heart of Jesus Retreat Center, 2927 S Greenville St., Santa Ana. Single women of high school and college age are invited by Sacred Heart Sisters to learn more about religious life. Dinner will be provided. RSVP by Oct. 3 at (714) 557-4583 or 

    Once Upon a Time: Stories to Awaken the Mysteries of the Heart, 3-5 p.m., Mary & Joseph Retreat Center, 5300 Crest Rd., Rancho Palos Verdes. $25. (310) 377-4867.

    Rosary and Mass for Life, Rosary: 4:30 p.m., Mass: 5 p.m., St. Cornelius Church, 5500 E Wardlow Rd., Long Beach. Contact Sylvia Aimerito (562) 429-1965.

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