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Boardman High School Speech and Debate Team Headed to Nationals

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Boardman High School Speech and Debate Team Headed to Nationals

Maggie Parker, Staff Writer

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Since November 3, 2018 the Boardman High School Speech and Debate Team has been working hard to represent the school at tournaments. Since the team has qualified for nationals, the tournaments are not over yet. There is a new head coach, Mrs. Anzevino. With two new faces, Chloe Treadway and Shane Hetzel, who are both freshmen competitors. Mrs. Anzevino became the new coach because “Speech and Debate offers something that no other high school extracurricular can, so it was important to me to allow the students to be able to compete without any disruptions.”    

Speech and debate, in short, is a competitive event with different categories. For debate, there is Congress, and Lincoln Douglas. For speech, there are categories like Humorous and Dramatic Interpretation. The tournaments are different based on events. For congress, competitors would typically ride the bus there and have two sessions upon their arrival. Where anyone can give speeches and question others, then those who qualify will go into a final chamber. After those tournaments are over, all speech categories are usually finishing up and the whole team will go to the awards ceremony and leave after that. Tournaments normally go into the afternoon, but it is completely worth it in the end.       

According to Shawn Korpi, one of the Seniors, Members of the team have been performing well and the tournaments have been interesting for everyone. When asked why students should join speech and debate, Shawn Korpi responded with, “Speech and Debate is an outlet that can allow one to strengthen their public speaking skills. Regardless of how well of a speaker someone currently is, speech and debate can definitely help to improve how someone can convey their ideas and become a better speaker.” To Korpi, It seems to be rare for civil politics discussion, and Student Congress excels in discussing ideas in a format that keeps it lively and exciting. Those who may not prefer politics can still enjoy a speech category.

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Maggie Parker, Staff Writer

Maggie Parker is a junior this year at Boardman High School. She is 16 years old and she will be 17 on Dec. 14. She loves school but her favorite subject...

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