Let’s celebrate some judge birthdays! The following judges have been with the program for 10 or 5 years, and deserve a big thank you for all their hard work:
Mitsunori Makino, Sapporo-shi, Hokkaido, Japan
Trent Rogers, Sarnia, Ontario, Canada
Matthew Farney, Beavercreek, Ohio, United States
Benjamin McDole, Tampa, Florida, United States
Kyle Knudson, Puyallup, Washington, United States
Patricia Kurz, Tacoma, Washington, United States
Devin Smith, Kissimmee, Florida, United States
Paul Smith, Bath, England, Great Britain
Jerome Pagola, Ustaritz, Ouest, France
Chris Worrell, Maroochydore, Queensland, Australia
Andrius Jautakis, Vilnius, Lithuania
Fabio Ivona, Bari, Italy
Matteo Callegari, Parma, Italy
Rik Powell, Henlow, England, Great Britain
Our featured judge this month is Patricia Kurz from Tacoma, Washington. Regional Coordinator Aaron Hamer says:
“Pat Kurz does amazing things with her students at Gig Harbor High School, running a Magic club and churning out judge candidates. Here’s what the last three club presidents had to say about her impact on their lives and those of their friends:
Jerrod Sherwin said: Magic Club is a great place to have fun after school and a great way to get over the middle of the week. It gave me something to look forward to, and I was able to make new friends there. Ms. Kurz, of course, is the pillar of the club–The amount of work and money she puts in to make sure we can all have fun is astounding. I wish more teachers could be like her.
Josh Dignam said: Pat was an amazing mentor on my senior project, she knew everything I needed to know. And on a personal level she has done so much for me ad my friends by running Magic club for us at our school. Magic club has been a great place for me and my friends in the past few years. It has given us a place to come together without ridicule and play a game we love.
Maxwell Maenhout said: Pat Kurz’s club has provided a sanctuary for those that were shunned for being social outcasts and has helped many people make friendships that will last a lifetime. Whenever Kurz was sick I would hold Magic club at my house because I knew that for some of our players it was their only place to go.
Magic – it’s more than just a game 🙂 “