By Pam Young
Saturday,January 23 the VHHS debate teams competed at the O’Donnell Invitational Speech Tournament. It was actually a UIL Tournament , but VHHS took only debsters, because their season is winding down.
The novice team made up of Ashanti Garcia and Steven Urias got 4 more rounds under their belts, finally getting the requisite number of tournament rounds to qualify them for the State Debate Meet–this means for the first time ever, VHHS will have 2 debate teams competing at State in March!
Kyle Seyffert also competed, but he did so “maverick style , “ which means he debated solo. It was pretty demanding, and he went undefeated through all 4 rounds. Because they were trying to wind up the debate contest so that the students could compete in other events. Those running the contest tallied the win/loss record, speaker points, and the records of the competition . When they had finished, Kyle was awarded 3rd place.
Then he competed in Persuasive Speaking. He made it to the finals in that as well, and won 4th place in that contest.
Ashanti competed in Editorial Writing, and Steven tried the Social Studies contest . All in all,
a very busy and arduous day!
Next Saturday , all the Academic UIL students will travel to McCamey hoping to bring home many honors, medals , and trophies! Reports to follow!