Posted Date: 10/09/2019
CHS debaters stepped up their arguments on Saturday and came home with a first place trophy from the Pittsburg Policy Debate Tournament.
Solid presentations from the Novice and Junior Varsity teams propelled the Blue Comets to the top of the field among 11 area schools.
In the Novice division, sophomores Emma Atherton and Britin Hanna went 5-0 and finished first with perfect speaker points, “a very tough feat,” said assistant coach Isaac Robinson. In the Junior Varsity division, Hogan Smith and Alex Rodriquez also went 5-0 and finished first.
In the Open Division, seniors Jay Brown and John Stanley went 3-2 this week and landed in third place. Teammates Breuana DuVal and Braden Tomlinson went 4-1 and took fourth place in JV, while Annyah Yap and Noah Cunningham were 3-2 and took seventh in Novice.
“First place in Sweepstakes feels so good,” Robinson said.
This year, the debate topic for students is arms sales. The resolution states:
"Resolved: The United States federal government should substantially reduce Direct Commercial Sales and Foreign Military Sales of arms from the United States."
The affirmative team will argue that the U.S. should substantially reduce arms sales to other countries, and the negative team will argue to maintain the arms sales to other countries.
The team will travel to Coffeyville on Oct. 12 where Coach Reed said they “hope to celebrate another victory.”