High School Debate teams from Adrian, Blissfield, Hudson, and Lenawee Christian held a two-day tournament on December 5th and 6th. Students competed affirmative or negative on the issue set by the Michigan Interscholastic Forensic Association (MIFA): “Resolved: The United States federal government should substantially increase its funding and/or regulation of elementary and/or secondary education in the United States.”
At the novice level, teams from Adrian (represented by Cole Carrico and Makilah Herron) and Lenawee Christian (represented by Noelle Alexander and Jordyn Henley) competed in the final round, with Lenawee Christian winning the trophy. At the varsity level, Max Freeland and Alison Weber from Blissfield competed against Carson Price and David Calvo from Hudson. After an excellent debate, the Blissfield team took the top honor, winning the Varsity finals.
Top Speaker awards for the season were given to Novice debaters Brian Goetz and Rylee Garno from Blissfield, Jordyn Henley and Natalie Spaulding from Lenawee Christian, and Sukhman Parhar of Hudson. Varsity Top Speakers awards were earned by Kennedi Price and Brad Hayes of Hudson, and Halie Lacey, Olivia Lewis, and Ethan McClellan of Lenawee Christian. The Top Speaker awards are based on the season-long average scores of students who won at least one individual Top Speaker award during the scrimmages.
In total, 62 high school students participated in the debate program this season. Preparation for the season included research and reading on the topic, learning a “new debate language,” and developing abilities in: logic, reasoning, fundamentals of supporting a claim or position, how to work with a partner, and organization. Developing critical thinking and extemporaneous speaking skills are also an important part of the work. The coaches worked diligently with students this season, helping them master and display their public speaking talents. Attending the scrimmages held in October and November were students from Adrian High School, Blissfield High School, Hudson High School, and Lenawee Christian High School.
The Lenawee Intermediate School District sponsors the Lenawee County Debate competitions under the direction of Emily Gifford, LISD Student Events Coordinator. Scrimmages and the tournament were held at the Adrian First Church of the Nazarene.
Pictured above: Varsity Debate Winners – Blissfield Team (Max Freeland and Alison Weber)
Pictured below: Novice Debate Winners – LCS Team (Noelle Alexander and Jordyn Henley)