The Grand County debate team had a busy weekend as they competed at two separate tournaments. Three Lincoln-Douglas debaters competed at a national tournament at Alta High School Thursday, Nov. 30 through Saturday, Dec. 2, while the rest of the team competed at another tournament at Carbon High School on Saturday. Grand County had success at both tournaments, with several debaters placing at the Carbon tournament.
At Carbon, Red Devil debater Grace Osusky placed first in both Lincoln-Douglas debate and Foreign Extemporaneous. Kai Wainer also saw success, placing third in National Extemporaneous and first in Student Congress. Emma Millis followed Kai in Student Congress placing second and Ty Martinez placed fourth. Martinez also competed in National Extemporaneous, earning fourth place in that event as well. Jaidyn Thomas earned second place in the Spontaneous Argumentation event.
“We decided to bring only more experienced debaters to [the Alta] tournament because the debaters at tournaments on this circuit are really competitive,” said senior team captain Aidan Guzman-Newton. “We are also only allowed to bring three debaters in each event anyway. The tournament is set up like this to ensure teams are bringing their best debaters.”
The three — Guzman-Newton, Phillip Geiser and Caylee Stroder — competed against a pool of 100 other Lincoln-Douglas debaters. Geiser and Stroder both went 3-3 throughout the tournament. Guzman-Newton earned a record of 4-2, which allowed him to break into the final rounds.
The team plans to travel to the Arizona State University tournament in Mesa, Ariz. in January to compete for high school Tournament of Champions bids.