This year’s national debate topic: “Resolved: The federal government should substantially increase tax incentives for alternative energy sources” was the focus of the state tournament.
The two RHS debate teams of Cobb/Shay and Bernal/Wise competed against 64 other teams from all over Texas. Both teams successfully completed the four preliminary rounds with the senior team of Cobb/Shay coming home with two wins, two losses and high speaker points in each round.
The team of Cobb/Shay was undefeated going into the state meet, winning first place in district. Cobb was named “Outstanding Speaker” at the District 30AA competition.
Bernal/Wise placed second at district. Additionally, Kyle Hendley and Jared Sternadel took third place, and Stephanie Ordaz and Madi Preston placed fifth. All teams contributed points to the RHS District 30AA UIL Literary Meet total score.
“Our students conducted themselves with professionalism,” said Terresa M. Fagan, debate coach. “I am very proud of each of them and their debate accomplishments this year,”
Policy debate is all about problem solving, the coach said.
“Students must be prepared to debate on both sides of the resolution to see the complexities of policy decision-making,” Fagan said. “I am confident that our students will lead our society effectively in the future with the skills they have acquired through their debate experiences.”
Cobb/Shay will graduate this year and have provided guidance for the other three RHS teams, all comprised of sophomore students.
“With so many debaters returning next year, we should have another interesting year ahead of us,” Fagan said. “Next year’s topic focuses on poverty in America.