Belton Speech and Debate
One Squad, Many Voices
Week 6 - Independence: IWC
This past weekend Belton Speech and Debate headed to Independence to compete in the Independence Winter Class (IWC)! The tournaments took place at William-Chrisman HS for varsity and our novice were at Truman HS.
Novice got started Friday night with Forensics, unfortunately we came up short this week but had an increased average score which shows promise going forward this year and into years to come. After forensics wrapped up our novice debaters got to work starting on Friday night and wrapping up on Saturday. Freshmen Katie B again shows great promise and progress; in only attending her 2nd tournament in Lincoln-Douglas (LD) debate, Katie earned a prefect prelim record of 4-0! There were 9 students who earned this record and with tiebreakers left Katie just short of elimination rounds but earned 9th place overall with more than 35 schools competing.
Varsity kept to their successful ways after a solid start in Forensics carrying just over a "3" average vs the 5/6 average of years past. Second year student, Junior Aidan F earned his first varsity break and first Extemp break making semi Finals after taking first in his second round; after a solid semi round though Aidan was eliminated before finals! Joining in on the success was Junior and team president Rafal H who broke for the fourth time in a row with his prose. Rafael took 2nd in both prelim rounds only to improve during Semi finals to first. Headed into finals as the top seed, Rafael finished the day with a 3rd place trophy in prose reading!
Not to be out done in debate Juniors Rafael H and Hailey R (The Captains) earned a 3-1 record in Public Forum debate, which put them into tiebreakers for two spots in quarterfinals. The first tie breaker of this tournament was speaker ranks, The Captains missed breaking to quarter finals by only 2 speak points which was a big step forward for these two and allowed them to finish in the top 10 of the tournament.
Next week the squad will be headed to Raytown and Lee's Summit to compete for the last tournament of the 1st semester. The J's will be back in action this week hoping to defend their 21-0 record. The team will pick up after break attending Fort Osage before hosing in January.