information for the community

Tejeda competes in public forum debate

Tejeda Middle School would like to commend their seven two-person teams that participated in the Public Forum debate competition which took place on April 30 at Bush Middle School. All of Tejeda’s competing teams placed in the meet with eighth graders Cassie Williams and Colin McKay earning a plaque for winning all three of their debate rounds. Three teams took home a blue ribbon for winning two of their three debate rounds, and another three other teams took home red ribbons for winning one of their three debate rounds.

Public Forum debate can be seen in the Denzel Washington movie, The Great Debaters. This type of debate is a team event that advocates or rejects a position posed by the resolution. A central tenet of the debate is that the clash of ideas must be communicated in a manner persuasive to a member of the American jury or “citizen judge”. This year’s resolution was: The costs of a college education outweigh the benefits.

A special congratulations goes out to two teams for winning gavels for their high number of speaker points. Sixth graders Grace Holland and Tanvi Telukunta won 1st place in speaker points earning 120 point out of 120 points—the only team in the competition to do this out of 55 teams! Eighth graders Cassie Williams and Colin McKay also took home gavels for winning 3rd place in speaker points.

Mikel Stroud, Debate coach, would like to express how very proud she is of her “Great Debaters” and how much she has enjoyed having the opportunity to work with these talented students.

Posted on May 17, 2013