8 NOVEMBER 14, 2019 RIDGEWOOD TIMES WWW.QNS.COM
Christ the King High School’s speech
and debate team starts the season hot
BY MAX PARROTT
The Christ the King speech and debate
team started started the season
strong with a string of wins over its
fi rst two tournaments.
At the fi rst Brooklyn-Queens Catholic
Forensic League tournament on
Oct. 12, Gregory Jans and Elvis Soto
led the pack as fi rst place champions
of varsity PF Debate even though they
were competing up a level from their
In addition to Jans and Soto, Christian
Wong, Krystian Makocki and
Samantha Fernandes led the team
with award-winning individual
performances. Fernandes debuted as
intermediate and placed even though
she qualifi es as novice.
On Oct. 26 the teams were awarded
fi rst place overall in debate. They also
took overall fourth place in speech,
third place in student congress.
Jans, Soto, Fernandes, Makocki all
received awards again in addition to
Diego Espada, Ian Baksh, JeanPierre
Paniagua and Isabelle Baksh.
From left, back row: Mr. Jans, Christian Wong, Krystian Makocki, Nichlas Celis, Ian Baksh, Gregory Jans, Omar
Figueroa, Adonis Cusu, Mr. Baran, JeanPierre Paniagua. From left, front row: Ms. Tully, Elvis Soto, Milana
Haripersaud, Samantha Fernandes, Diego Espada, Xavier Espada, Isabelle Baksh, Charlie Sconiers.
Photo courtesy of Christ the King High School
Armored truck used as part of high-risk
Homeland Security arrest in Ridgewood
BY EMILY DAVENPORT
An armored truck was spotted in
Ridgewood last week as Homeland
Security arrested an allegedly dangerous
A report from NY1 stated that the
truck, known as a “BearCat,” was
spotted on Forest Avenue near Norman
Street on Nov. 6. A spokesperson
for the Homeland Security Investigations
(HSI) confirmed that the truck
was used as a part of a high-risk
arrest warrant carried out by HSI’s
Special Response Team.
The suspect was taken into custody
without incident. At this time, HSI
could not provide additional information
about the suspect or what
they were charged with.
The spokesperson confirmed that
the arrest was not a part of an immigration
operation — something
which local residents feared was the
case, according to the NY1 report. Photo: Flickr/ICE