News News Briefs — 21 December 2011
News Briefs:  Debate wins regional tournament, looks forward to state meet in January

Debate has won a total of six trophies this debate season, but capped off their regular season with a first-place at regionals on Dec. 17 at Topeka High School.

Participating in the regional win were juniors Crystal Chitwood and Jacob Miller on the affirmative side and juniors Dylan Meyer and Josh Roberts on the negative side.

“I am really, really happy for the students,” coach Keith Miller said. “I’m not sure people understand how much effort it takes to debate.  The students did a great job.  Two of the students, Josh Roberts and Jacob Miller, were battling illness all day.  Josh was really sick.  Those two displayed great mental toughness.  Throw in the fact that they had beaten a tough Centralia boys varsity basketball team the night before, and you can’t help but admire their efforts.”

The Rock Creek team will debate at the four-speaker state tournament on Jan. 13-14, 2012, at Silver Lake.  Others competing at the two-speaker state tournament will be sophomores Larissa Eshelman, Chance Maginness, Molly Pyle and Dani Rakowitz and freshman Rachel Forrester and Jacy Johnston.

During the season, the debaters achieved first place at Rossville and Riley County, second place at Highland Park and Osage City and thirds at Salina South JV and Silver Lake. The season has been different sense they replaced paper and crates full of files with laptops. Even with that, they’ve won the usual amount of trophies won at every season.

“We could always do better,” Keith Miller said. “I am looking forward to next year. We’ll have a year of computer experience under our belt, which will help.”

By Paige Leonard, Staff Writer

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