The newest wave of
high school debaters began their competition season at the Munster High
School novice debate tournament. This event serves as a unique kickoff into
the world of competitive speaking forensics. The director of Speech and
Debate, Chris Lowery, says that he loves the event because, “at this
tournament only the new kids compete; instead of adult judges, students are
judged by mostly varsity peers from other schools. This allows them to get
really good feedback in a low-stress tournament environment.”
one of the largest programs in the nation, once again being named to the 400
club. “We are amazed at the year-to-year support that the Duneland
administration and community give to our program. Sustaining a team that is
in the top 1% of all programs in the nation is something to be very proud
of,” Lowery said.
highest finisher at the tournament was Kylie Brickley in Lincoln-Douglas
debate. Dealing with a topic regarding anonymous sources within the media,
she accumulated a perfect 4-0 record and finished second overall after the
tiebreakers were totaled. Elijah Root came in 10th in the event, despite
going 3-1 in his debates.
debaters tackled issues regarding the UN Law of the Sea convention. The
teams of Peyton Day and David Jugovic (5th), Sam Burris and Ryan Hickman
(6th), and Tim Wheeler and Keegan Kristensen (7th) all placed.
Policy debate is
typically a smaller division than the other categories. Partly because of
this, CHS was able to place all three of its entries. Milena Veltri and Emma
Bolinger came in 4th, Sydney Baranko and Lilli Grifith were 5th, and Jose
Ponce and Brian Hanson were 7th. These debaters will remain on the same
topic (immigration reform) all year.
debaters kicked off their season the week before, but Munster offers a
second chance for their season kickoff. This week the debaters attempted to
pass legislation regarding the following issues: gun control, Paris climate
accords, militarization of Japan, and withdrawal from NAFTA. Savannah
Hutchinson placed 7th out of the twenty-five students competing in the