SHS speech and debate students headed to national tournament
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FARMER’S KORNER ” Out of the 120 students who competed in the state’s Forensic League National Qualifying Tournament for Student Congress, two from Summit High School received the honor and will be showing off their skills at nationals.
Seniors Emily Adams and Keith Story are the Summit Speech and Debate Team members who will on their way to Wichita, Kan., in June.
For the competition, students wrote legislation and used parliamentary procedure, negotiation and debate skills to explore topics. A requirement of the HPV vaccine for all girls entering middle school, abolishing common law marriage and withdrawing forces from Iraq were a few of the topics students debated.
In all, nine students from SHS entered the Student Congress competition at the Downtown Denver Courthouse in Capitol Hill Friday and Saturday. And in addition to the two who qualified for nationals, Tristan Raitano and Kameron Johnson earned judges’ nominations. The other students who competed from SHS include Kiernyn Tarafa, John O’Connor, Jenny Koch, Ryan Koegel and Randy Clark.
“I am very proud of our team as a whole,” the team’s coach, Emily Campbell wrote in an e-mail. “They worked together to tackle the research and support each other in their respective chambers.”
She continued by adding that Student Congress is an intense competition requiring strong debate skills, the ability to relate to peers, be persuasive and flexible, all “while holding your ground and maintaining your personal values.”
This is the first time two students from SHS qualified in the same year for the national tournament, Campbell wrote. In 2004, Sandra DiBrito made it and in 2006 Jillian Rowley did, she added.
Next week, the Summit Speakers will compete at Standley Lake High School for the second part of the qualifying tournament where all other speech and debate events will be held. The top two in each event will also qualify for nationals in Wichita.
Anyone who would like to send a donation to support the students going to compete against those from around the country can make a check payable to Summit Speech and send it to the high school at P.O. Box 7, Frisco, CO 80443.
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