Walla Walla High School's new Debate Team will send seven students to the State Debate Tournament after a successful competition at the District 5/6 State Qualifying Tournament Feb. 12-13 at Chiawana High School in Pasco. Contact Annie Charnley Eveland at firstname.lastname@example.org or afternoons at 526-8313.
Wa-Hi's competitors came from Yakima, Pasco, Moses Lake, Wenatchee, Othello and Leavenworth. Although novices, all students competed in the top division, Open, in order to qualify for state, said Coach Jean Tobin.
Wa-Hi qualified the maximum two students allowed for any school in Lincoln- Douglas debate. Madeline Bronstein, and Calvin Brigham, both freshmen, placed second and third, respectively. Clement Cantil, sophomore, placed fourth and is an alternate.
The topic students debated at district and will debate at state is "Resolved: In the United States the principle of jury nullification is a just check on government." Debaters had 1 1/2 weeks to research and prepare arguments before District competition.
In individual events, almost every member of the Wa-Hi team qualified for state. They needed to place in the top six of their event. In expository speaking, three Wa-Hi students qualified for state: Carrie Moore, freshman, fifth; Madeline Bronstein, third, and Hope Grant-Herriot, freshman, first. Rosa Tobin, freshman, took fifth and qualified in original oratory. Three student qualified in impromptu speaking: Madeline Bronstein, sixth, Clement Cantil, fourth, and Machado Mijiga, sophomore, second. In interpretative reading, Hope Grant-Herriot, fourth, and Calvin Brigham third, both qualified. Bryan Preston and Kera Parsons, freshmen, are both alternates, Bryan in impromptu and Kera in interpretive reading.
Wa-Hi earned second place in individual events sweepstakes, a team honor that is awarded based on the total number of points earned by all team members. Jean said her goal was to send at least one team member to state but she didn't anticipate sending nearly every team member and earning a team award in the first year of competition.
"This is an amazing group of students and all our team members have worked hard. They all deserve recognition." Additional team members include Marisol Beck and Julia Cosma, freshmen, and Nic Clifton and Ty Holmes, both juniors. Fred Moore and Mukulu Mwea, parents of team members, helped judge events at the District tournament.
Jean added that their success wouldn't have been possible without a dedicated group of parents, Fred Moore, Annie Capestany and Mark Beck, Heidi and John Brigham, Mukulu Mwea, John Wong and Brian Gabbard), Whitman College's Jim Hanson and Bob Withycombe, Superintendent Rich Carter, and "the amazing support of fellow teachers and many members of the Walla Walla community."
The State Individual Event tournament is March 12-13 and the State Debate Tournament is March 19-20, both on the University of Puget Sound campus in Tacoma. Students are raising money to attend the tournament. Any donations are appreciated, with checks made out the Wa-Hi Debate Club.