Debaters take Tempe tournament by storm
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The Grand County High School debate team poses after their rounds at Arizona State University in Tempe, Ariz. Front row, from left: Coach Carrie Strecker, Ty Martinez, Aidan Guzman-Newton, Kai Wainer and Cody Gatlin. Back row, from left: Jaidyn Thomas, Miranda Corbin, Emma Millis, Caylee Stroder and Phillip Geiser. 			                    									         Courtesy photo
The Grand County High School debate team poses after their rounds at Arizona State University in Tempe, Ariz. Front row, from left: Coach Carrie Strecker, Ty Martinez, Aidan Guzman-Newton, Kai Wainer and Cody Gatlin. Back row, from left: Jaidyn Thomas, Miranda Corbin, Emma Millis, Caylee Stroder and Phillip Geiser. Courtesy photo
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On Thursday, Jan. 4 the Grand County debate team kicked off the new year by taking ten debaters to Tempe, Ariz., to compete at the Arizona State University Tournament of Champions. This was a national circuit tournament with schools from all across the country traveling to compete. This was one of the most competitive tournaments the Grand County team had a chance to compete at.

The Grand County debate team had debaters registered in a range of events, including congress and public forum. Grace Osusky and Caylee Stroder both competed in varsity Lincoln-Douglas debate. Stroder had a successful run at the tournament and even broke into an octo-finals round in Lincoln-Douglas, though she missed the break round and did not continue on in the tournament.

Ty Martinez competed in congress and claimed he was impressed by the caliber of competition, as this tournament had the most number of debaters entered in this event out of nearly every tournament in the country.

“I wasn’t really expecting to do super well at this tournament,” Martinez said. “I knew the type of debater I was going to go against. It was helpful for me to watch and learn from the competitors though. I feel like it has definitely made me a better debater.”

Aidan Guzman-Newton and Phillip Geiser competed together as a public forum team, though normally they both compete in Lincoln-Douglas debate; the two decided to try and earn a bid for the Tournament of Champions national event. This would have required the two to break into a finals round, which they were unable to accomplish. Emma Millis and Kai Wainer also competed in public forum, doing well for a newer team. Grand County also had new public forum partners Miranda Corbin and Jaidyn Thomas competing as well.

The team wasn’t only competing in debate events but registered two students for speech events. Osusky was competing in extemporaneous speaking with Wainer. Corbin also prepared a poetry presentation for an event called programmed oral interpretation.

“It’s always a learning experience coming to tournaments like these,” senior team captain Guzman-Newton said. “This is a tournament we would like to see the debate team compete in every year. We all had a lot of fun and sharpened our skills.”

The debate team has two tournaments left before they will prepare for their region and state tournaments.


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