L-K Debate Team places in top 16 at State
Linden-Kildare High School students Gillian Dossey and Marissa Tyson competed at the state debate tournament in Cross-Examination Debate during spring break in Austin, Texas.
Conference 2A had 47 Cross-Examination teams advance to the state meet, which began with preliminary debate rounds on Monday, March 12 and final rounds on Tuesday, March 13. Dossey, a junior, and Tyson, a sophomore, debated in four preliminary rounds, winning three of their four rounds and were one of 16 teams to advance to finals.
They competed in octofinals on the second day of the tournament; however they didn’t advance to the second round. Dossey and Tyson ended the year as one of the top 16 Conference 2A Cross-Examination Debate teams in the state of Texas.
“This was the first year for Linden-Kildare to have a Cross-Examination team, and we overcame every obstacle that was thrown at us. It was a successful year for us, and I hope for more successes to come,” said Tyson.
Cross-Examination debate is team policy debate in which two students work together to debate another team over a topic that could be a government policy.
Students have to prepare to debate both for a proposed policy and against another team’s proposed policy. For L-K’s first year, the debate topic focused on funding and regulation of elementary and secondary schools.
“We work hard throughout the year, competing at invitational meets against schools in larger conferences and against one another in class to prepare for UIL competition. Our work paid off and we plan to advance further next year,” Dossey said.
L-K is already working on next year’s topic, which is about immigration regulation.