The Harrisburg HS Debate team competed at the National Speech and Debate Association National Tournament this past June. Eight students competed in the public forum and world schools debate categories. Grace Anderson and Ava Serfling Bennett competed with students from Sioux Falls Lincoln and O’Gorman as a united team in World Schools and advanced from elimination rounds to make the triple octo-final round. The public forum team of Claire Tufty and Evan Papka also advanced from the six round preliminary portion of the tournament with a superlative 10 win - 2 loss ballot count. The team would eventually fall in round nine, marking the furthest an HHS team has gone at Nats since 2014. The PF teams of Hayden Cole and Landon Dinger and Ben Menke and Victoria O’Connor each finished prelims with a 7-5 ballot count, one short of the 8 winning ballots to advance. Menke and O’Connor also competed in the consolation International PF tournament and went 3-1, with rounds against teams from China, Canada, and Korea.
HHS Debate Competes at Nationals
Kip McKee, Debate Advisor
Monday, July 30, 2018