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Debaters Impress Lawyers at First Tournament
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The Rowland Hall debate team started their long and rigorous debate season with a set of exceptional performances in October. With over 50 students on the team, this year looks to be one of the most competitive ever.

The Rowland Hall debate team started their long and rigorous debate season with a set of exceptional performances in October. With over 50 students on the team, this year looks to be one of the most competitive ever.

The opening contest for the Utah circuit is the Young Lawyers tournament sponsored by the Utah State Bar Association. It was held October 3-4 (our fall break), and is considered one of the premier debate events in the state. In addition to tough opponents, the final rounds are decided by professional lawyers. Debating in their first varsity tournament, Maddie Barker '17 and Will Matheson ’17 finished fifth in Policy Debate and David Bernstein ’17 placed third in Lincoln-Douglas Debate.  The overall co-champions of the tournament were both from Rowland Hall in a rare close-out finish where two teams from the same school meet in the final round. Joey Amiel '17 and Jaden Lessnick '16 as well as Aaron Friedman '14 and Sam Lemons '16 took home the top honors and have set a high standard for the rest of the year.

The team then set its sights on the Beehive Bonanza (Oct 10-11) hosted by the University of Utah where the novice squad (beginning students) looked to get some valuable exposure. A variety of students finished with winning records and a select few placed. Jamie Steiner ‘18 and Soren Feola ‘18 finished fifth, while Leo Doctorman ’18 and William Stone ’18 finished third! Many varsity debaters also competed that weekend. Zaria ’18 and Josh Nkoy ’17 finished in fifth place, Kenzo Okasaki ’17 finished in third place, and Lena Chan ‘17 and Emily Gordon ’16 won the entire tournament! Emily was also named the tournament’s Top Speaker!

The team’s next tournaments will be at Hunter High and the Meadows Invitational in Las Vegas. Wish them luck as they continue to debate issues ranging from federal ocean policy, to the ethics surrounding organ donation, to the desirability of professional sports teams.

Check out additional pictures from these tournament and others at: http://www.pinterest.com/rhsmdebate/

Visit the team website at: www.rowlandhall.org/debate