CX debate team grabs state alternate title


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Freshmen Bryan Moore and Evan Grisham show off their medals after winning third place and the state alternate title at the district CX meet.

    The CX debate teams competed at District last Thursday. All three teams had high hopes and had been working for several weeks to place. But with only the top two teams advancing, the odds were going to be tough.

    “We were really nervous but also confident in our skills,” senior Ryan Slatter said. “We had been working so hard over the past few weeks and were determined to do our best and give Mildred a run for their money.”

    After 3 rounds of debate, only 1 team was moving on to finals. Freshmen Evan Grisham and Bryan Moore had high enough points and a record of 2-1 to make it finals.

    “It was really cool coming back and making finals,” Grisham said. “We started out going up against some of the best teams there but were able to use everything we had learned to win the rounds.”

    A long day paid off, as the freshmen walked away with a 3rd place title and alternates to state. Although the other teams didn’t place, their goal of keeping Mildred from taking the top places was met.

    “Even though Kendall and I didn’t do as good as we had hoped, we were still proud of what we had all done as a team,” senior Preston Mosely said. “It was a fun and learning experience and we were happy to have contributed.”

    The rest of the district events will take place in March. The academics team will have 12 points going into competition, compared to 0 last year. The team has high expectations and goals set to take 1st place overall at district and advance several students to regionals.

    “Now that debate is over, we can focus all of our attention to our other events,” Slatter said. “Even though we didn’t make it to state in CX, we still have a chance and are going to continue to work hard.”