Successful Debate Competition Weekend
EHS Debaters Successful in Three Tournaments
EHS debaters won the team sweepstakes trophy at the Highland Park Invitational Debate Tournament. The team compiled a 16-4 record against 11 schools in attendance for a five-win margin over the second-place team. Sophomores Emma Persinger and Nick Velo tied for first in the open division with a 5-0 record, while fellow sophomores Xander Baldwin and Payton Harmon tied for third. Sophomore Ethan Garcia and freshman Samantha Le tied for first in the novice division with a 5-0 record, with sophomore Juliana Saxton and freshman Iuma Estabrooks tied for third in the novice division.
At Newton, seniors Brandon Boyce and Caylie Ratzlaff picked up their third Debate Coaches’ Invitational bid for the season. The pair had previously qualified for the January all-classifications debate invitational, which determines the top team in the state regardless of school size. Each bid beyond qualification elevates a team’s seeding for the opening round. Juniors Kostin Mercer and Cole Nuessen went 6-1 for third place in the Newton open division.
At Manhattan, EHS placed second out of seven schools overall. Juniors Lucas Lord and Dominik Weidner placed second in the varsity division; junior Will Dyer and sophomore Naomi Martinez placed third. Senior Daley Keister was recognized as third-place individual speaker; Martinez was eighth and Dyer ninth. Freshman Abby Rick was seventh in novice.