Three Topeka high School seniors were honored June 11th for being selected to receive the Topeka Public Schools Foundation’s 2013 Christopher S. Edmonds Prize in Debate and Forensic Excellence. The scholarship fund was established by its namesake, Mr. Chris Edmonds, a former Topeka High School debate student, to recognize and reward the work of students in this area of study and to encourage continued interest in debate and forensics.
Honored at a reception hosted by the Foundation were Leo Espinoza, Karly Hanna and Luis Garcia. Leo is the recipient of a full tuition scholarship to Yale University. He is the son of Leobardo and Martha Espinoza. Karly has received a full tuition scholarship to Elmhurst College. She is the daughter of Kirsten Goodman and John Hanna. Luis is the recipient of a Gates Millennium full tuition scholarship to the University of Southern California. He is the son of Elodora Garcia and Jose Heccules.
TPS Foundation board members and staff, along with Topeka High debate coach Pam McComas, greeted Karly and Leo and their families. Luis was unable to attend. The students were presented a certificate of achievement and a scholarship check.