Parents of preschoolers in the Gahanna-Jefferson area who are looking for a preschool experience might consider the Educational Service Center peer-model early learning program. The ESC program is looking for children to be peer models in classrooms alongside preschoolers with disabilities. Peer models are children who fulfill the following requirements:

Parents of preschoolers in the Gahanna-Jefferson area who are looking for a preschool experience might consider the Educational Service Center peer-model early learning program. The ESC program is looking for children to be peer models in classrooms alongside preschoolers with disabilities. Peer models are children who fulfill the following requirements:

Age 4 or 5 and has appropriate self-help skills (i.e. toilet trained).

Has age appropriate speech and language skills and plays well with other children.

Follows directions well.

The program offers morning or afternoon classes, which are two hours per session. Each classroom has a licensed early childhood/special-education teacher and a trained para-professional.

Parents will need to provide their own transportation.

Classrooms are in the Gahanna-Jefferson schools and applications are available by contacting supervisor Jenny Dennis at (614) 542-4106.

Four members of the Gahanna Lincoln High School speech and debate team competed June 12 to 19 at the National Forensic League's Denim and Diamonds Dallas National Speech and Debate Tournament.

Senior Derek Cox advanced out of the preliminary rounds of Lincoln-Douglas debate with an 8-4 record and competed for an additional four rounds, placing in the top 35 in the nation. His overall record was 12-12.

The competition began with 233 debaters.

Seniors Gram Bowsher and Todd Ives advanced out of the preliminary rounds of public-forum debate and competed in an additional three rounds, placing in the top 50 in the nation.

Public-forum debate began the competition with 256 teams. Sophomore Evren Gokcen competed in Lincoln-Douglas debate but did not advance out of the preliminary rounds. Gokcen advanced four rounds in supplementary debate, arguing on such topics as oil subsidies, removing troops from Afghanistan and parental pressure.

"This was a great ending to a record-breaking season," head coach Lyle Linerode said. "All four worked so hard this entire year and really stepped it up for nationals. We did practice debates with each other, met with other schools and had independent judges, parents and former team members come in to help us get ready for this tournament."

Assistant coach Kristen Juth accompanied the team as a judge. Alternates to the national tournament were Ameya Kotwal, Louis Naiman, Lisa Miller and Daniel Stemen.

This was Gahanna's 12th trip to the national tournament.