Kayhi’s DDF team took 2nd place, missing out on the overall 1st place for best competing debate team to Sitka High School at the annual regional tournament this past weekend at Kayhi. However, many individuals did well in their respective categories.
Junior Phillip Smith and senior Connor Wodehouse placed 1st in Duet Acting with a command performance. Senior Jared Valentine and junior Henry Clark took 3rd in the Public Forum Debate category-the main event.
1st place winner, Smith said it took some time to perfect their act.
“I feel really good about mine and Connor’s performance this weekend,” Smith said. “We definitely improved as we went through the rounds. The first round was a little rough, but as we went moved up we got more confident and by the end we knew what we needed to do to make our performance stand out.”
Semifinals for the main event, public forum debate, began at 5 p.m. on Saturday. Valentine and Clark competed in the semifinal against Sitka members, Darby Osbourne and Anja Brooks-Shmidt. The topic-or resolve- of the debate was, “the United States should replace means-tested welfare programs with a universal basic income aka UBI”. Valentine and Clark argued the affirmative side of the debate, but ended up losing the debate and took 3rd place.
“It was a really good debate,” Clark said. “I really appreciated that a lot of people came to watch. It wasn’t just my parents and members of the team, but there was also people from the community. The results were obviously a little disappointing, but overall it was a debate that challenged me, which I appreciated.”
85 students from 7 southeast schools had been preparing since Jan. 1 when the topic was released, and competed Friday and Saturday to determine who from each team goes to the state tournament in Juneau on Feb. 14.
Public Forum Debate, Team Results:
3rd Place- Henry Clark/Jared Valentine
Individual Debate Speaker Points
Henry Clark- 5th
Jackson Kaye- Tied 5th
Dametre Martin- Tied 5th
Braxton Zink- Tied 5th
3rd- Henry Clark
3rd- Jackson Kaye
3rd- Jackson Kaye
5th- Dametre Martin
1st Place- Phillip Smith and Connor Wodehouse
3rd Place- Jared Valentine & Brendan Roof