1st and 2nd Year National Championships at Woodward Academy

2020 — College Park, GA/US
Subject Woodward Tournament — Bad News
Sender Maggie Berthiaume
Recipients All Registered Schools Lincoln-Douglas judges
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Sent Monday 9 March 2020 at 11:04 AM
Text of message

Colleagues,

It is with great regret that I have to inform you that Woodward will not be able to host First and Second Year Nationals next weekend. As of the end of last week, we thought this was the remotest of possibilities, but developments over the weekend mean that in line with current public health recommendations, Woodward will be canceling large group events — especially those involving interstate travel.

This will be the first time in 34 years that we have not been able to welcome you to our campus — hosting all of you is absolutely the highlight of our year, and we are devastated to not be able to do so in 2020 as we have before. Please know that we did not make this decision lightly. I met with Woodward’s President and Vice President for Academic Affairs this morning, and both asked me to convey to you their sincere regrets as well — there were no easy decisions here.

Logistics:

- If you’ve already paid your entry fees, please let me know if you’d rather I mail back the check or void and shred it here.

- You can still cancel your hotel rooms, but you might have to call. Please do this as soon as possible.

- Most major airlines are waiving change fees through the end of March. I know that’s not helpful in many cases, but hopefully it will be for at least some.

I’ll be available to answer additional questions by email or phone — 612-201-3673.

Be well, all.

~ Maggie Berthiaume, Bill Batterman, and Brian Keith Jackson

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Tournament : 1st and 2nd Year National Championships at Woodward Academy
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