BEAUMONT — La Contenta Debate Team members were on the top three teams in a scramble-format tournament March 20 at San Gorgonio Middle School in Beaumont.
“Instead of each school having its own teams, we divided up all speakers from different schools and formed new teams, just for this tournament,” explained Beth Ferris, debate coach for La Contenta.
“Students do not know who they will be with until that morning and they will not be with students from their own school.”
The format was planned to help prepare speakers for the championship tournament April 17 at Raymond Cree Middle School in Palm Springs, so students used three topics that will be used during the championship. The topics were: schools should ban animal dissection; state education budgets should not be subject to budget cuts; and it is unethical to eat meat..
They had to speak from each position, instead of choosing the one they liked best.
“It really pulls them out of their comfort zone and makes them responsible for knowing their own information,” Ferris said.
La Contenta’s 12 speakers were among 45 speakers from six middle schools competing.
Awards were given to the top seven teams, and La Contenta had a speaker on each of these teams.
Donavan Rowzee was on the winning team, Hailey Rose Carr on the second-place team and Mayetta Martel on the third-place team.
Josh Goddard was on the fourth-place team, Elena Bost the fifth-place team, Ian Lafferty the sixth-place team and Jasmine Moore helped her team take seventh.
Competitors earned individual awards based on the points they were given in each round.
La Contenta debater Patrick Kennedy took third place and Lafferty placed fourth. Martel placed seventh, Goodard eighth, Carr 11th and Delaney Proudfoot 20th.
For information on supporting the team, call Ferris at (760) 228-1802.