DDF heads to Juneau for state tournament

Leah Call
Staff Writer

The debate team will be sending 15 students, including eight seniors to Juneau to compete against other debaters from all over Alaska.

They will flying out today after school and arriving later tonight. Members will be competing Thursday evening until the finals public forum debate on Saturday afternoon. 

For all senior members it will be the last debate meet of their high school career. 

Senior Brendon Roof said this upcoming weekend is where all the work he has done the past three years in debate will all be worth it. 

“The pressure is definitely on, now more than ever,” Roof said. “After three years of learning how to speak and write more efficiently, it’s all culminating into this one weekend. It all comes down to this.” 

This will be the last tournament of the season and it will be hard to beat last year, where a Kayhi team took home the overall 2nd place title for public forum debate. 

Team captain Dave Mitchel said he is feeling confident about the team’s chances at a state title. 

 “I’m feeling very optimistic,” said Mitchel. “We’ve done everything we can to prepare for this meet, so now it all depends on how well they perform.”

Members will be competing in the same events, categories and with the same topics as the home tournament two weekends ago. 

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