Fifteen students traveled to the event to compete in seven speech and debate events. By placing second, GCHS has the opportunity to take up to three students per event to compete at the state 2A debate tournament, which is scheduled to take place at Bingham High School in South Jordan on Friday and Saturday, March 21 and 22.
“This is a team competition,” said coach Kristin Millis. “All the students who competed earned points for our team. By having a full slate of competitors for the state tournament, we are in a good position to compete for the state title.”
According to Millis, the team performed exceptionally well in Public Forum, which is a debate event with two-person teams. The Public Forum topic at the region tournament was: “Single-gender classrooms would improve the quality of education in American public schools.” The teams do not know whether they will debate in affirmation or negative of resolution before entering the room to debate, Millis noted.
GCHS seniors Anna Scherer and Deanna Irvin took first place in Public Forum and they were the only team to be undefeated at the tournament. Kayla Weston and Brityn Ballard placed fourth. Irvin also placed second in the Extemporaneous category, with Weston following in sixth place. Scherer also placed fourth in Impromptu, with Emma Sweeney and Meera Edwards following with a tie in sixth place.
Also for GCHS, Stacey Andrus placed fourth in Lincoln-Douglas debate while arguing the topic “Placing political conditions on humanitarian aid to foreign countries is unjust.” In addition, Robin Willscheidt placed second in oratory, with Andrus following in fourth and Skyler Johnson taking sixth place. Also, Becca Farnsworth placed fifth and Emilia Cubelos placed sixth in Congress.
“They did a great job,” Millis said.
All but two debate team members who went to region also qualified to compete at the state tournament, which will be held March 21-22 at Bingham High School. Millis said the team qualified for three positions in each event at the state tournament while four positions per event were allowed at the region competition.
The public is invited to learn more about how debate events work during “A Night of Elocution” on Thursday, March 13 at Grand County High School. The event begins at 6 p.m. with a dinner. At 7 p.m. debate team members will perform their speech and debate events. The cost is $5 for adults and the event is free of charge for any student, Millis said.