The Drama Debate and Forensics team is headed to Anchorage tomorrow to compete at the state competition.
The team has been researching and preparing since the last meet for the state topic: abolishing the capital gains tax.
Co-captain Frances Barry feels well-prepared for her final debate as a Kayhi King.
“I feel better prepared than the past, but it’s also the most complex resolve I have ever had to debate,” said Barry.
Coach David Mitchel said he is also aware of the difficulty of such an intricate topic.
“It’s a tough issue. There are a lot of angles to cover and it’s tough to say stuff that always makes sense, ” said Mitchel. “A lot of parents have joked about that students would ask them about capital gains tax, and they would have to look it up themselves.”
Regardless, Mitchel is confident in the team’s ability even with the difficult topic that will be debated.
“We have a really good group, and they have all deserved it,” said Mitchell. “They have been studying a lot. They are more prepared than we have been in the past.”
DDF is an academic sport that teaches students proper ways to engage in speaking and research. Because of the complexity of the events and the scoring, it can often be hard to determine the significance of the event placing.
DDF is composed of two parts – debate and drama.
Debate placing is the result of how well students place in six public forum debates. Their results are stated as a win/loss ratio. Results come down to the judges, therefore it is very important that each student practices good speaking skills during the debate. Students also receive a score (30 points possible) called speaker points after each round. After the debates, the speaker points are added up and tallied as that students total speaker points.
Ex: Seth went 2-4 and Piper went 5-1 but tied for 3rd in speaker points.
Drama is composed of 10 different events:
– Dramatic Interpretation
– Duet Acting
– Duo Interpretation
– Expository Speaking
– Extemporaneous Speaking
– Extemporaneous Commentary
– Humorous Interpretation
– Original Oration, Pantomime
– Readers’ Theatre
– Solo Acting.
Placing involves a student placing in a spot in their rooms. After two placement rounds in each event, the top placing students compete in the finals. Placement in the event is determined by where the students place in finals.
Ex: Arick places 5th in his first round, but places 1st in his second round, so he qualifies for Finals thanks to his strong average place. Placement in finals is not reliant on placement in beginning rounds.
The Kayhi DDF team performed well this past weekend at their annual home meet.
Piper Cooper and Chris Brown made it to the final debate, but fell to Ella Lubin and Andurs Marius of Sitka High School. Cooper also placed first in Original Oration.
Arick Mattson placed first in Humorous Interpretation, making it three consecutive placements for first in that event this year. Frances Barry and Thomas Brooks took first in the Duo Interpretation event. Brandon Roof took second in Expository Speaking.
With the state competition right around the corner, the debaters are wasting no time in preparing for it.
“We know what we have cut out for us,” said Barry. “We have seen which arguments worked, which ones didn’t, and what we can do to improve our cases. In the month to come, we’ll be refining, tweaking, and researching more.”
Public Forum Debate
Chris Brown & Piper Cooper – 2nd
Brendan Roof & Jared Valentine – 4th
Thomas Brooks & Madyson Traudt – 6th
Frances Barry & Henry Clark – 7th
Abby Gaugler & Arick Mattson – 8th
Piper Cooper – 3rd (Tie)
Seth Chernick – 3rd (Tie)
Jared Valentine – 6th
Madyson Traudt – 8th
Arick Mattson – 10th
Piper Cooper – 1st
Piper Cooper – 2nd
Frances Barry – 3rd
Arick Mattson – 3rd
Henry Clark – 5th
Brendan Roof – 2nd
Jared Valentine – 3rd
Frances Barry & Thomas Brooks – 1st
Arick Mattson – 1st
The Ketchikan High School Debate, Drama, and Forensics team is hosting the last regional meet of the season this weekend. The meet begins today at 3:30 at Kayhi.
Six teams will be competing and debating the topic: The US should abolish the capital gains tax.
The team will conclude their season in February with the state competition.
Four Kayhi debaters place in the top three in three events this past weekend in Sitka. Arick Mattson took first in HumorousInterpreation, Frances Barry placed second in Extemporaneous Speaking, and Piper Cooper and Chris Brown (5-1) placed third in the Public Forum Debate.
Coach David Mitchell was very pleased with the Kayhi’s performance. Kayhi debaters took 12 of the top 20 speaker points spots.
“There was nothing in the preparation or performance that was at fault,” said Mitchell. “Sometimes it is just the luck of the draw regarding the match-ups and the judging. By the third meet everyone knows what they are doing and there is less separation between the top spots.”
The next meet will be hosted by Kayhi on Jan. 19.
Public Forum Debate
3rd: Chris Brown & Piper Cooper (Won 5, lost 1)
9th: Meriel English & Brendan Roof
10th: Frances Barry & Madyson Traudt
PFD Speaker Points
3rd Piper Cooper
4th Madyson Traudt
7th Henry Clark
9th Chris Brown
10th Thomas Brooks
10th Raevyn Goodson
Arick Mattson 1st
Frances Barry 2nd
Thomas Brooks 4th
Seth Chernick 5th
Chris Brown 4th
The Kayhi Debate team will travel to Sitka today to compete in their third regional meet of the season. Ketchikan will be competing against six other teams including Haines and Skagway.
The resolve that will be debated is whether or not NCAA student-athletes should be recognized as employees under the Fair Labor Standards Act.
Kayhi placed first in two events, and made it to the final debate this past weekend in Skagway. Co-captain Piper Cooper and senior debater Arick Mattson placed first in Original Oration and Humorous Interpretation respectively.
Frances Barry and Chris Brown (5-1) took second in the final debate losing to Sitka. Co-captain Frances Barry believes she and her partner did well given the circumstances
“Chris and I had to argue the negative for the final debate, and we had never done at the meet,” said Barry. “Given that, I think we did a lot better than I expected at first.”
The next meet will be held in Sitka in December.
3rd – Piper Cooper
6th – Madyson Traudt
7th – Thomas Brooks
9th – Frances Barry
10th – Chris Brown
Public Forum Debate
2nd – Frances Barry/Chris Brown (5-1)
3rd – Piper Cooper/Sam Winburn (5-1)
5th – Madyson Traudt/Thomas Brooks (4-2)
7th – Dametre Williams-Martin/Seth Chernick (4-2)
8th – Arick Mattson/Henry Clark (4-2)
3rd – Sam Winburn
4th – Dametre Williams-Martin
5th – Brendan Roof
1st- Piper Cooper
1st – Arick Mattson