FFL Treasurer Election Is Taking Place via Survey Monkey
About The Candidates
Each candidate was asked to provide a personal statement.
Jennifer Sandman – Olympia HS
I would like to be the treasurer for the FFL league because I want to do my part in helping promote the world of debate and give back to a community I am proud to be a part of.
I am new to the world of debate; and in just a few short years, it has changed my life. When they asked me to start debate at our high school, I had no idea what it was. I actually asked them if there was a class that I could take in order to learn how to teach it. They assured me there was… After going to my first tournament, it didn’t matter that I had to teach myself everything that is debate, I was hooked. I knew I had found my calling.
As a debate teacher and coach I am able to devote all of my time and energy to an extremely meaningful program – a program where I’ve seen students go from shy, timid fourteen-year-olds who hardly speak up in class to team leaders capable of being productive members of society. I attribute this growth to the nature of debate and the real-world challenges it generates.
Over the past three years, I have also seen a change in myself. Interacting with these amazing students and other debate coaches has helped me find my voice. It has taught me how to professionally handle confrontation when someone’s voice has been silenced. Whenever I can, I look for ways to collaborate with teachers so that they can use the power of debate in their own classrooms.
I LOVE speech and debate, which is why I would like to be a member of the FFL board. I would like to give back to a community that has already given me so much.
Jacob Abraham – Marjory Stoneman Douglas HS
Dr Abraham is currently an instructor in the English and Language Arts department and the Director of Forensics at Stoneman Douglas HS. In his previous capacity at Director of Forensics at Florida State College at Jacksonville he served on the 2018 Ethics Committee with the Phi Rho Pi National Forensics Organization as Region 8 Representative and the 2017-18 Florida Intercollegiate Forensics Association Interim Secretary. Prior to departing from FSCJ for MSD, he was elected Vice President of the Florida Intercollegiate Forensics Association for the 2018-19 school year. Dr. Abraham has been an active member of the forensics community through his middle school speech and debate class in Dade County, four years competing at Dr. Michal M Krop HS (a three time-FFL Varsity state competitor), six years as a competitor and coach at George Mason University, work at myriad forensics institutes, and as a guest coach at several Florida schools in the Dade, Broward, and Orlando since 2007. In addition to his 17 years of forensics activity, Dr. Abraham can utilize his relationships with Florida’s college-forensics community to help further develop FFL beyond the mandated duties of FFL Treasurer. Dr. Abraham humbly invites you to vote for him as FFL Treasurer.