Newcastle man helps win debate championship

May 6, 2011

By Staff

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Newcastle man Samuel Pizelo helped lead Bellevue College to a national championship in the Novice National Parliamentary Debate Association competition in Gresham, Ore., in March.

The team — now in its second year — also earned superior marks in speaking.

Pizelo, the team’s president, thanked the Bellevue College faculty for its support, as its last-minute, out-of-pocket donations funded the team’s trip. The donations came in just 24 hours before the competition.

Newcastle named Tree City USA Community

The Arbor Day Foundation in April recognized Newcastle as a Tree City USA Community for its commitment to urban forestry. This marks the fourth consecutive year the city has received the distinction.

To earn the distinction, the city is required to have a tree board or department, a tree-care ordinance, a comprehensive community forestry program, and have an Arbor Day observance and related proclamation.

“We commend Newcastle’s city staff, elected officials, volunteers and residents for providing vital care in its urban forest,” Arbor Day Foundation Chief Executive and Founder John Rosenow said in a news release. “Trees provide numerous environmental, economical and health benefits to millions of people each day, and we applaud communities that make planting and caring for trees a top priority.”


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