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SHS debate team is thinking nationally

FARMER’S KORNER – To cap off their successful year of competition, the Summit High Debate team plans to hit the road again, taking on several competitions in the national debate circuit.But this time, they may need a little help from the public.Team members hope to attend national competitions at Harvard University and Stanford University. In order to meet travel expenses for these events, the team will hold a meeting to discuss fundraising ideas. The meeting will be held today at 6 p.m. at Summit High School.Seventeen-year-old Keith Story, captain of two competitive teams, the Lincoln-Douglass event and the value debate, is looking forward to the Harvard competition, which will feature 20 different speech and debate events.”We didn’t win last year – but it’s the hardest tournament,” Story said. “And some of our students broke through quite a few rounds.”Student competitors come from all over the country for the Harvard competition. Story said that each district is allowed to send eight students for each event. “You can bring a team of 100 competitors just from one school,” he said.And Summit High wants to send as many as possible. The Harvard competition is just one of a national competition circuit that members of the Summit High Debate Team attend every year. Several members of the team are hoping to attend the competition at Stanford University as well.Both the Harvard and the Stanford competitions will be held in February. Team members are required to pay for their own transportation and lodging – a prerequisite that makes it difficult for some of them to attend. Keith’s mother, Lacey Story, is involved with bringing the community together for Wednesday night’s meeting.”Our intent is to help some of these brilliant and extraordinary young people whose families can’t afford it to go to the Stanford and Harvard debates,” she said. “These are phenomenal kids, and for every kid who wants to go, we want to make that opportunity for them.”Story said that the cost just for plane fare and a hotel room is close to $500 for each student, not including food expenses. And it’s not going to be a vacation for the kids. Story said that competitors will get up at 6 a.m. and not get back to the hotel until after 11 p.m. at night.Story said that Wednesday night’s meeting is designed to be a brainstorming session, in order to get fundraising ideas from parents, students and the community. In addition, the team is looking for another chaperone to go with them. This, as well as logistics concerning the trip, will also be discussed at the meeting. The public is invited to attend, and tax deductible contributions will be accepted.


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