Salem HIlls De­bate Team com­petes at na­tion­als

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Congratulations to the Salem Hills High School De­bate Team for qual­i­fy­ing and tak­ing six stu­dents to the Na­tional Speech and De­bate Tour­na­ment held in Birm­ing­ham, Alabama.

Qual­i­fy­ing stu­dents are honor so­ci­ety mem­bers of the Na­tional Speech and De­bate As­so­ci­a­tion, the largest and long­est ex­ist­ing honor so­ci­ety in the world. In ad­di­tion, stu­dents must also fin­ish in the top three in their lo­cal speech and de­bate dis­trict. Na­tional com­peti­tors rep­re­sent the top 3 per­cent of all de­baters na­tion­wide. Salem Hills stu­dents com­peted against stu­dents from all 50 states as well as stu­dents from Saipan, Bul­garia, China, Ja­pan, Korea, Morocco, Tai­wan and Tan­za­nia.

Salem Hills stu­dents com­peted in four dif­fer­ent events: Lin­coln-Dou­glas, Public Fo­rum, Stu­dent Congress and Pro­gram of Oral In­ter­pre­ta­tion.

Ma­son Lind­strom com­peted in Lin­coln Dou­glas de­bate in which the ar­gued the res­o­lu­tion, Re­solved: A just gov­ern­ment ought to pri­or­i­tize civil lib­er­ties over na­tional se­cu­rity.

The Public Fo­rum team of Re­beca Knapp and Sarah Que­sen­berry ar­gued, Re­solved: In East Africa, the United States fed­eral gov­ern­ment should pri­or­i­tize its coun­tert­er­ror­ism ef­forts over its hu­man­i­tar­ian as­sis­tance.

In Stu­dent Congress, Ka­men Kent and Chris­tian Towse de­bated a va­ri­ety of bills and res­o­lu­tions from pre­scrip­tion drug reg­u­la­tions to the war on drugs to Rus­sian sanc­tions and ev­ery­thing in be­tween, repli­cat­ing the rules and for­mat fol­lowed by the United States Congress.

In Pro­gram of Oral In­ter­pre­ta­tion (POI), Meagan Wel­ton pre­sented an oral in­ter­pre­ta­tion from a com­bi­na­tion of prose, po­etry and script.

This was an in­cred­i­ble ex­pe­ri­ence for our kids. They worked

re­ally hard and rep­re­sented their com­mu­ni­ties with class and in­tegrity. The tour­na­ment was ex­tremely dif­fi­cult, as you can imag­ine, but was a great learn­ing ex­pe­ri­ence.

In ad­di­tion to com­mu­ni­ca­tion skills, de­bate cov­ers 21st Cen­tury Skills iden­ti­fied by em­ploy­ers, na­tional and state gov­ern­ment, ed­u­ca­tors and pro­fes­sion­als as es­sen­tial skills needed for ca­reer readi­ness. These skills are all ad­dressed and uti­lized in de­bate and in­clude: cog­ni­tive skills such as prob­lem solv­ing, de­ci­sion-mak­ing, crit­i­cal think­ing and meta-cog­ni­tion; cre­ativ­ity and in­no­va­tive think­ing; ef­fec­tive com­mu­ni­ca­tion skills; ef­fec­tive so­cial skills; col­lab­o­ra­tion and team­work; and re­spon­si­bil­ity, self-di­rec­tion, de­ter­mi­na­tion, per­se­ver­ance, risk tak­ing and in­tegrity.

De­bate is highly rec­om­mended for de­vel­op­ing all of the above skills and has high cor­re­la­tions to in­creased col­lege ac­cep­tance and schol­ar­ship. All Nebo schools and ALA have de­bate pro­grams. De­bate is strongly rec­om­mended for any­one pur­su­ing col­lege.

We would like to pub­licly thank Stoke’s Fresh Food Mar­ket for al­low­ing us to sell fire­works in their park­ing lot. We ap­pre­ci­ate the op­por­tu­nity that gives our stu­dents to work for their op­por­tu­nity to com­pete at a high level. Also, thanks to Salem Smiles Dental, Rep. Mike McKell, Scott Bar­low and Dr. Wal­len­tine for their fi­nan­cial con­tri­bu­tions and con­tin­u­ing sup­port of Salem Hills De­bate. Last, we would like to thank Mr. Bart Peery our in­cred­i­ble ad­min­is­tra­tion and staff for their con­tin­ued sup­port.

The Salem Hills HS De­bate Team poses in front of a church in Alabama.

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