Debate goes home

Posted on February 4, 2010 by

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  Tori Fater- Staff writer

For the sixth year in a row, Concord hosted the District Debate Tournament for the Northeast District. The tournament lasted two days, running from 4 to 10 P.M. on Friday and resuming at 8 A.M. on Saturday.

The Northeast District of Indiana high schools includes Chesterton, Columbia City, Northrop, Canterbury, Homestead, and South Side, as well as Concord.

There are not a fixed number of rounds during the District Tournament. Once a competitor loses in two rounds, they are eliminated from the running. The final two competitors advance to the National Forensics League Speech and Debate Tournament.

Only one pair of competitors from Concord, Courtney Byrd (9) and Anna Taylor (9), attended the competition. Unfortunately, they did not move on to Nationals, but “they did their duty to the Northeast district,” Chase Troxell (assistant coach) said.

Members of the speech team sold concessions throughout the tournament, which included a baked potato bar on Saturday during lunch.

Chesterton had two National qualifiers in the event of Policy Debate, and one in Lincoln-Douglas. Fort Wayne South Side took the top two slots in the Public Forum competition, and a competitor from Northrop qualified for Nationals in the remaining Lincoln-Douglas spot.

Saturday was the season’s last meet for the Concord Debate Team, as no one moved on to Nationals. The team hopes to take a team member to Nationals next year.

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