According to coach Kathy Tyler, the Brookings Bell Debate/IE tournament on December 17 proved to be a challenge for the MHS team. Raul Berrones’ partner became ill, so Raul was forced to debate ‘Maverick’, which means he debated alone. Mavericks can’t win a round according to tournament rules, but he garnered good comments on his ballots and high speaker points. He was awarded 28, 28, 28, and 26 in each round out of 30 possible.
Brooke Schwagel and Camila Monroy came away with a 2-2 record by beating a team from Sioux Falls O’Gorman and team from Harrisburg. They also suffered two losses to Aberdeen Central teams.
Aiden Ludvigson and Max Lightfield won two rounds and lost three. They placed fifth of nine junior varsity teams.
Lydia Street and Jacob Shelstad participated in Varsity Student Congress. Lydia, who appeared in only the second tournament of her career, placed fourth and second, respectively, in the two sessions. Brooke Schwagel and Ivy Lewno participated in Original Oral Interpretation.
Milbank’s next tournament is coming up on January 9 ‘at’ Lennox. The team will confront a new resolution — Resolved: The NSA should end its surveillance of US citizens and lawful permanent residents.