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Open Topic -- Any issue / Re: Ross Smith -- 10 years ago
« Last post by SherryHall on July 23, 2019, 08:23:38 AM »
Joe Bellon

 Something Sherry Hall said in a speech after Ross' death really hit me -- that we find it so easy to say critical things to others but so hard to give praise or compliments. It is no exaggeration to say that observation, and her call for us to be more positive toward one another, has changed the way I live my life. I often think of Ross in connection to the idea of being more positive. I think of the person he became later in his life -- the kind, laughing, light-hearted person we lost way too early. He had become such a positive presence, and I think about that as a sort of inspiration that all of us who have spent many long years being negative (myself included) can change. That we can be the sort of person whose loss would be felt in the same way Ross' absence is. Thank you for posting this, Adrienne.
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Open Topic -- Any issue / Re: Ross Smith -- 10 years ago
« Last post by SherryHall on July 23, 2019, 08:22:46 AM »
Leslie Mueller Fletcher

 Thanks to you Adrienne, for continuing his tradition of being a role model to young debaters :)
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Open Topic -- Any issue / Re: Ross Smith -- 10 years ago
« Last post by SherryHall on July 23, 2019, 08:22:26 AM »
Glenn Prince

Always a nice guy no matter where you were on the “list” and I greatly appreciated him for that.
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Open Topic -- Any issue / Re: Ross Smith -- 10 years ago
« Last post by SherryHall on July 23, 2019, 08:22:05 AM »
Jayne Craig-Smith

Sending love and hugs!! Thank you!!
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Open Topic -- Any issue / Re: Ross Smith -- 10 years ago
« Last post by SherryHall on July 23, 2019, 08:21:44 AM »
Martin Osborn

beautiful post Adrienne, thanks for sharing this
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Open Topic -- Any issue / Re: Ross Smith -- 10 years ago
« Last post by SherryHall on July 23, 2019, 08:21:10 AM »
David Coale

Marcia Tiersky you were a pleasure to teach even though your partner that summer may have been the worst debater of all time. David Glass can corroborate if he had not purged his memory of that experience.
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Open Topic -- Any issue / Re: Ross Smith -- 10 years ago
« Last post by SherryHall on July 23, 2019, 08:20:49 AM »
Marcia Tiersky

David Coale Thank you for being one of my first lab leaders and teachers!
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Open Topic -- Any issue / Re: Ross Smith -- 10 years ago
« Last post by SherryHall on July 23, 2019, 08:20:21 AM »
David Coale

Ten years, where does the time go. Ross was a brilliant teacher and wonderful guy
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Open Topic -- Any issue / Re: Ross Smith -- 10 years ago
« Last post by SherryHall on July 23, 2019, 08:19:18 AM »
Rob Noerr

The first time I met Ross he was judging me in a novice finals round. My partner and I won the round, but Ross spent 15 minutes yelling at me telling me how cocky I was and I should let my partner speak more.

(lol I still cant figure out how to post on facebook). Ross was absolutely right. His criticism of me stuck with me more than any advice on how to win a debate. It helped give me humility that I needed all through my life. You had the same effect on me Adrienne. I looked forward to seeing you in the back of the room as much as anyone because you would tell me exactly why I needed to listen to others because I wasnt as great as I thought I was. I hope you know just how much people like you, Ross, Jim and others have effected my life in such a great way.
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Open Topic -- Any issue / Re: Ross Smith -- 10 years ago
« Last post by SherryHall on July 23, 2019, 08:18:50 AM »
Danielle Verney O'Gorman

Thanks for being my mentor, my BFF, and the cofounder of the D7 Lady Detective Agency. <3 u!
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