Three novice debate teams have started their 2020 season. All tournaments are held via Zoom. Coach Kathy Tyler says, “The advantage of this is the teams are able to attend more novice tournaments, including tournaments just for novice teams that are put on by larger schools.” This year’s topic is: Resolved: The United States should adopt a declaratory nuclear policy of no-first use.
During the Sioux Falls Lincoln and Sioux Falls Roosevelt tournaments on Tuesday, November 10, the teams compiled a record of two wins and six losses. Tyler says, “All MHS teams received high speaker points and excellent reviews.”
Next up, the Milbank teams face Sioux Falls O’Gorman.
The MHS Oral Interp team competed in Aberdeen Central’s Golden Eagle tournament on Friday, November 6, also via Zoom. According to Coach Natasha Karels, “Peyten Wiese and Hailey Hupke placed first in Duo with an excerpt from My Sister’s Keeper. The Reader’s Theater team placed second.” Members of that team include: Mackenzie Michels, Hailey Hupke, Addy Hoke, Aiden Boerger, Peyten Wiese, and Heidi Meyer. The group performed an excerpt from Mean Girls.
Individually, Hailey Hupke placed fifth in Storytelling and Lydia Street placed sixth in Novice Extemp. Street competed for the first time in this event.
Karels says, “Peyten Wiese earned seventh place in Non-Original Oratory, one place away from an award. Mackenzie Michels was also one place away from an award in the Drama category. She also placed seventh.” Novice member Brook Schwagel came in just behind Mackenzie at ninth place. Also, earning points for the team were Camila Monroy and Lydia Street in Duo and Heidi Meyer in Humor.