The Explorer West Debate Team faced stiff competition last Saturday at the Bush School. One of our teams; Jena, Makenzie, and Elsa; finished their three debates with three victories, narrowly being edged out of the final debate. This was by far the largest league debate tournament in the past two years that Explorer West has been debating and even featured a top debate team from southern California.
Our seven participating teams were one of the largest contingents of the schools participating and represented almost 25% of our total school population, which definitely puts Explorer West apart from the other schools. Additionally, nine of our twenty-one debaters are current sixth and seventh graders. Their experience and expertise will undoubtedly take our debate program even further next year.
We would also like to thank the adults who graciously came out to serve as judges for the debate. Amy French, Stacia Jenkins, Sabrina Kovacs-Storlie, Thomas Terance, Jennifer Cecil, and Phil Giammarino gave up a considerable portion of their Saturday to help make this event happen. Tim also recruited another WFFE board member, Heidi Siegelbaum, to serve as a seventh judge. Additionally, former debater and EW alum Addie Weeks came out to assist in judging and timekeeping.
Great work debaters! Here’s to another successful EW debate season!