Milbank debaters spent most of last weekend at the 2023 Silver Bowl Debate/IE Tournament. The event was held at Sioux Falls Lincoln High School on January 13-14.
According to MHS coach Kathy Tyler, in the individual events, or IE’s, students perform three times with a different judge each time and are ranked and given speaker points by each of those judges. Tyler said, “Ixtal Macias did amazing in her debut in Informational Oratory, an event in which the orator teaches the audience something about a topic of the speaker’s choice.” The quality of the presentation is determined by the research, organization, and delivery. “Ixtal explained the traditional quinceañera and was ranked 2, 3, and 3 in her three rounds,” Tyler said, “She earned ninth place out of a field of 20.”
Carlos Olivares Zuniga, another newcomer to debate/IE circuit, presented his original oration on discrimination and capital punishment. Qualon Grant also participated and placed 11th amongst the 20 entries.
Rylen Frerichs and Max Schuelke participated in Extemp. Frerichs placed 12th amongst the 21 entries.
Debaters participated in five rounds of debate before the quarter-finals were determined. In JV Public Forum, Frerichs and Elexia Quintanilla teamed up for the first time. They earned a 3-2 record to just miss advancing to the quarter-finals by 6.1 speaker points. The duo finished 12th amongst the 21 teams. Qualon Grant and Shane Spiering qualified for the quarter finals and took eighth place.
Novice debaters Dane Anderson and Camron Graham placed fifth out of 12 teams and seventh and ninth respectively in number of speaker points. Max Schuelke entered the varsity Lincoln-Douglas division for the first time. He finished with a 2-3 record.
What’s next for the MIHS debaters? The Bulldogs travel to Watertown this weekend, January 21-22, to compete in the annual Speech Fiesta.
Submitted Photos: Max Schuelke, Dane Anderson, Rylen Frerichs, Qualon Grant, Shane Spiering, Camron Graham, Elexia Quintanilla