BY JAKE FUHRMAN
The debate team is steadily growing, and it is coming off of the statistically best year of its existence. The team placed in the top five of the national tournament this past summer, and big things are expected from the team this upcoming year.
The new debaters meeting had over 200 students ranging from freshmen to seniors.
“Almost one third of the school is in our debate program now. Each year we are getting bigger. A good chunk of our team graduated, but we are not rebuilding, we are reloading,” junior Lacey Larson said.
Michael Valladares is a sophomore policy debater who said he is excited for this upcoming year.
“We’re going to do a great job this season, so I am really looking forward to this year. We’re a lot more on the individual topics this year,” he said.
While school was on a break, the debate team was not, as they were training during the summer.
“During the summer, almost all of our debaters went to training programs all over the nation,” Larson said.
The team will be traveling all over the country during the school year as well, traveling to some of the most respected tournaments of high school debate such as Glenbrooks in Chicago and GMU in Washington D.C.
“This month I’m going to Greenhill in Texas. I’m so excited for the experience because as a freshman I didn’t get to travel as much as I will get to this year,” Valladares said.
Larson is an experienced debater who said she is looking forward to tournaments at prestigious universities such as Harvard and Emory. Her personal goals are to acquire bids to the Tournament of Champions (TOC) and Nationals.
The second annual Crestian Tradition Tournament will be hosted at the Bay on Oct. 11-12.
In an attempt to spread the techniques of the Bay’s debate program and improve the team in the future, the team will be traveling to Falcon Cove and Tequesta Trace Middle Schools to teach the students about debate and the different events.
“This will help our program entirely because middle school students interested in debate will enter our program with information on the events, which helps them make a decision on which event to chose,” head debate coach Megan West said.