The Debate team fails to place at Lansing invitational

Seven teams competed and seniors Joe Gunter and Jason Biesma placed second in varsity


By Photo by Halie Rust

While practicing for the debate at Lansing High School on Saturday, Nov. 2, senior Meghan Fuller listens to a classmate's opposing statement.

The debate team competed against 15 schools and 94 teams at Lansing High School Saturday, Nov. 2.

The team of seniors Joe Gunter and Jason Biesma won four rounds and lost one.

“We only [competed against] varsity, so the meet was pretty tough compared to others,” Biesma said. “I was pretty disappointed after we lost the first round but we bounced back and won the rest.”

For freshman Tom McClain and sophomore Jack Booth it was their first meet. Together they got third in their novice division.

“I think that we will get better with every tournament and I have faith in all our teams,” Booth said. “For a novice I did well but I need to work on my speaking style and confidence when delivering evidence.”

The debate team is hopeful for more wins and will continue to work towards qualifying for state.

“If we continue to do well we should qualify for state after this next tournament but as a team I hope Joe and I medal or get into the top eight,” Biesma said.

Also competing were:

seniors Daniel Ward and Valerie Nguyen (3-2)

senior Olivia Harding and sophomore Rohit Biswas (3-2)

sophomores Justin Curto and Brennan Teasley (3-2)

seniors Meghan Fuller and Riley Boyle (2-3)

freshman Sue Kim and sophomore Darrien Geyer (3-2)

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