Speech and Debate is a major activity for our family. All the children still in school participate. Speech is for the younger ones and debate is for the high schoolers. This year that means Thomas. He loves debate!!!
This year Thomas is back with the same partner as last year. They work well together. They spend long hours producing their affirmative case and finding evidence to use when they are negative.
This year the resolutions is that "The US federal government should reform its counterterrorism policy(ies) for the domestic surveillance if US citizens". This topic is definitely on the front burner of the news and is constantly changing as new evidence comes out.
Thomas and his partner are now advanced debaters and have learned a lot through the last couple years. They were undefeated going into the finals.
|Rounds Start with prayer between the teams.|
The negative team had a lot of arguments and evidence against them. They had discussed and worked together on their cases on tuesday night at the club meeting.
|Cross examination... Go Mikayla!|
It was a very closely contested debate. Their was a panel of five judges for the final round. Normally, there is just one judge per round.
|Thomas, looking sneaky during cross examination|
My DH came for the final round and brought us Chipotle for dinner. He is a big debate fan as well. It appeals to his intellect.
|The final round participants|
This is the third place team Nick and Rebecca did a great job also. If you think of it, pray for Rebecca's family. Their house was severely damaged by fire a couple weeks ago. It is hard on the family to lose so many family treasures. All the boy's Legos were melted as well as their clothes burned. They are rebuilding. They are currently living in a motel until they can arrange more permanent temporary housing. They are doing well, but it is still a stressful time. Their homeschool books were stored in plastic totes downstairs, so they survived just fine.
Our first 'real' tournament will be in two weeks.