It’s hard to keep up with the Walla Walla High School Debate team once it gets rolling. They already have three competitions under their belts this fall.
Thirteen members of the team competed Nov. 1-2 at Eisenhower High School in Yakima. Despite not having the entire team because of illness and conflicting activities, they placed first in individual events as a team and first overall as a team, according to Coach Jean Tobin.
They faced University High School from the Spokane area, which competed even though it was a District 5/6 tournament. Other schools were Othello, Ephrata, Leavenworth, Wenatchee, Eisenhower, Southridge, Pasco and Chiawana.
Continued team illnesses depleted Wa-Hi’s numbers for the Whitman College Tournament Nov. 7-9, but 18 students made it, Jean said.
While official sweepstakes results weren’t released, she thinks Wa-Hi may have placed in the Top 10 teams based on the number of trophies they collected. “This is a prestigious tournament and over 30 teams from around the Pacific Northwest competed.”
By the time this goes to press, the team will have competed in Pasco on Saturday at Chiawana High School. Results will eventually be available online at ubne.ws/192XZ8m.
Eight seniors who were on the Wa-Hi team graduated in June. Members for 2013-14 began meeting the first week of school.
“Although we have a smaller team this year, we still have many talented competitors and had a great showing at both tournaments,” Jean said.