Belton Speech & Debate
One Squad, Many Voices
Week 1 - Blue Springs/Blue Springs South
Both Novice and Varsity got off to a hot start with both divisions earning breaks to semi finals which take place on Saturday. Three novice entries and three varsity entries broke in speech events (breaking means they advanced in their events). Carter and Kayla made it to Semis in novice duo interp before being eliminated. The same is true for Julian who made Semi finals for USX, an event he took nationals last year which took place in Dallas, TX.
Making finals were five entries. Varsity member Jay advanced to finals in IX and finished in 3rd place, along with Rafael who took 2nd place in Prose Reading. Freshmen novice Bryce made it to super session in student congress along with Freshmen novice Sadie who were unable to place.
Our top finishers were Jay and Julian (The Js) who broke to quarter finals as the only 4-0 team earning them the top seed. They won Quarter finals on a 3-0 decision (this means there were three judges and they earned all their ballots). After quarters they competed as the Aff team and won on a 2-1 decision (this is a correction from remind). In finals the boys faced a great team from Truman HS and again debated as the Aff team. After an hour and forty-five minutes the boys won the tournament in Champ policy debate on a 3-0 decision!
We're off to a great start and are looking forward to a many more great tournaments and results this season!
Success isn't just winning
Success is defined as: the favorable or prosperous termination of attempts or endeavors; the accomplishment of one's goals.
Success isn’t just winning. This year we have already had many great instances of success. Already we’ve had our leaders organizing and running a successful car wash. We’ve had many students this past weekend successfully competing in their first tournament. We have students who have their own personal stories of overcoming a lot of fear of standing in front of someone and preforming. We’ve also as you can see above had some great early season success in competition as well.
Each of us has our own journey we’re on. It is important to recognize success on all levels from winning awards, to personal struggles in and out of rounds. Remember to set goals. Talk about these between parents and student, and encourage one another in reaching them. When success is found remember to also celebrate and enjoy it!