Debaters Prevail Against KHSSL & Score Big With Wyatt Wilson Scholarships

Debate Team Year End Picnic

submitted by Leslie King and Erica Cooper, Debate Coach

duPont Manual Debaters Prevail in Grievance against Kentucky High School Speech League (KHSSL) over State Tournament Seeding and Bracketing Errors; Debate Club Scores Big with Wyatt Wilson Scholarships

Led by team captains Ria Jain and Mark Raj, five students, five parents, and sponsor/coach Erica Cooper presented and spoke on Saturday, April 21, in Elizabethtown about the grievance filed by duPont Manual High School against the KHSSL, giving students a chance to put their debate skills to use in a real-life experience. The outcome was a unanimous decision by the KHSSL Board of Directors to award dual championship awards to the debate divisions with seeding and bracketing errors discovered by our students at the state championship. Because of the efforts of our school’s debate club members, students from all over the state of Kentucky will receive trophies and National Speech & Debate Association (NSDA) points that they did not receive at the conclusion of the state championships. Due to the corrections, duPont Manual Debate Club is proud to announce two new state champion wins:

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Debate Club Fares Well at State Championships Despite Seeding & Bracketing Errors

dMHS Debate Teamssubmitted by Leslie King and Erica Cooper, Debate Coach

The Kentucky High School Speech League (KHSSL), through the director of the competition and chair of the League, has admitted significant errors in seeding and bracketing during the Kentucky Debate State Championship, Senior Division on March 8-9 in Lexington. The KHHSL Board Chair has apologized and communicated that they are currently seeking legal representation for guidance on the issue and remedy. duPont Manual High School filed the formal grievance after discovering the unexplained errors, including three of our top debaters being unfairly, in error, shut out from competing in the brackets due to a “walkover” situation – Riti Pathak, Mark Raj, and Mihir Kale. All competitors in the divisions of Public Forum and Lincoln Douglas were seeded incorrectly and three of the divisions were bracketed incorrectly.

Despite errors disfavoring our debaters and school points, we do not want to delay further announcing the team and individual “bittersweet” successes at the state championship pending corrected placements and scoring:

School Results

duPont Manual High School – Reserve State Champion School

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Manual Debate Team Shines in China

Robert Watson and Anthony Survance won the inaugural U.S. Sister Cities Youth Debate Challenge in Chengdu earlier this summer. The topic for the debate was “With the Scientific Development, E-books will Replace Printed Books”. The event included students from Chengdu and its four sister cities in the U.S.: Phoenix, Honolulu, San Francisco and Louisville.

While this is an exciting achievement in itself, the two were also singled out for their experience, skill, and leadership, and asked to help their Chinese counterparts improve their English and debating skills.

Watch the video here.

dMHS Debate Winner

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