“It was fun,” said
William C, a debater. “It went smoothly for our first.”
April 3, the entire school was caught up in the excitement of the third
speech and debate tournament of this school year. This one was more
significant than the others, however. For years, High Point has participated
at speech and debate tournaments at schools such as Jefferson Middle School,
Ribét Academy, and St. Phillip’s. But for the first time ever,
High Point was hosting the tournament.
chose one of several categories: Poetry; Thematic, a series of quotations
on a particular topic; Public Forum, debating with a team of two people;
Creative Duo, a short performance written by the students, who can’t look
at or touch each other; and Duet Acting, in which students performed a
published work or a segment of one.
Point competitors had positive attitudes on outcomes of categories and
the winnings. “I was happy with the debate, it was a good topic this
time,” said debater Michael T. The topic was the electoral college
and whether or not it should be abolished.
the team's small size, many of the High Point students placed in their
categories: Merrick C., 4th in Thematic; Shae C. and Rachel S., 4th in
Duet Acting; Maddie J. and Krystal A., 3rd in Duet Acting; Megan R. and
Tomi O., 2nd in Creative Duo; and Addie W. and Courtney F., 1st in Duet
Acting. Everyone else on the team did an excellent job as well.
those who did not compete did their part. Many people helped to set up
for the tournament and clean up afterwards. They also helped the students
from other schools find the classrooms where their events were being held.
it did go well, there were problems. The results took a long time.
There was also confusion among teachers involving the use of different
aspect is a recent addition to our league, Jumping Brain. Jumping Brain
is an after school program focusing on speech and debate and many other
extracurricular activities based in Irvine. They often win in every category.
"We shouldn't have let them come," said Michael T. "They spoiled
however, is that High Point should annually host a speech tournament. --Nico
G-C. and Jonathan H.