Debate places third at two-day competition

Varsity placed third while novice placed fourth at Blue Valley West meet on Friday, Oct. 7 and Saturday, Oct. 8

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By Marah Shulda

Two debate team members converse with their sponsor, Jeanette Hardesty.

Anika Roy, JagWire editor-in-chief

Mill Valley debate competed at a two day tournament this Friday, Oct. 7 and Saturday, Oct. 8 at Blue Valley West High School, placing fourth out of 83 teams in the the novice division and third out of 34 teams in the varsity division.

In the varsity division, senior Tom McClain received a third place medal as a maverick, meaning he debated as an individual, and junior Allison Winker and sophomore Lauren Rothgeb received fourth place medals as a team.

As a first year advanced debater, Rothgeb faced difficult competition at the meet.

While waiting to go into their individual debates students from many different schools prepare in the commons.
By Marah Shulda
While waiting to go into their individual debates, students from many different schools prepare in the commons.

“It’s a two day event and it actually has a ‘varsity’ event,” Rothgeb said. “It’s a pretty big deal because some of the upper level debaters have a chance to debate on higher levels and challenge themselves.”

In this meet, Winker used experience from previous rounds and practice to help her.

“I take every meet as a kind of learning experience so I can keep building,” Winker said. “We always learn from every round that we have and it’s important to go to meets so you can keep getting better and better and have more experience.”

After the first round, Winker was very confident in their performance.

“It went really well actually, it was a really fun round. We were [affirmative], the other team was good, and I think we did well countering their points,” Winker said. 

Debaters leave the holding area to compete in round 2 of the Blue Valley West meet on Friday, Oct. 7.
Debaters leave the holding area to compete in round 2 of the Blue Valley West meet on Friday, Oct. 7.

Rothgeb agreed that the partners did a great job and had fun while doing it. 

“It felt really well, I had a good time, it’s really fun to debate. I like meeting the people, they’re really friendly people, and it’s a good time. I felt good,” Rothgeb said.

The debate team will travel to their next meet on Saturday, Oct. 22, at Piper High School.

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