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WHS State Debaters fare well

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

The Cherokee Washington High School Debate Team recently attended the IHSSA State Debate tournament in Ankeny. Pictured above are, back row, left to right, Jacob Lewis, Maggie Lubeck, Eric Boisen, Danielle Hansen, Alex Struck. Middle, Emily Kramer, Sydney Morten, Sheena Smith, Bailey Stoneking, John Bieber. Front row, Nicole Springer.
The Cherokee Washington High School Debate team traveled to Ankeny on Friday, Jan. 9 for the IHSSA State Debate tournament.

It was a successful two-day tournament. Many schools were there from all over the state. The WHS team took 13 debaters (one Congress, six Public Forum, and six Lincoln Douglas). All the kids had a successful tournament with each debater winning at least one round.

There were five preliminary rounds that occurred on both Friday and Saturday morning. After the preliminary rounds, the top debaters got to break through to double-octafinals, octafinals, quarters, etc.

Their results were in Public Forum-Steve Veit and Andy Braun broke through to Quarter-Finals; Bailey Stoneking and John Bieber broke through to Semi-Finals; Lincoln Douglas-Sydney Morton broke through to Double Octos, Jacob Lewis broke through to Octos, Maggie Lubeck broke through to Semi-Finals; Student Congress-Eric Boisen got top speaker in the CHI House,

The students have had a very successful season all around, but this tournament was extremely rewarding. Many of the schools at the state tournament are large city schools, so smaller Northwest Iowa schools usually don't have the chance to compete with them in the final rounds.

The students had prepared and met multiple times over winter break to help them be ready for the tournament. Needless to say, their hard work paid off.

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