Student congress team competes The state student congress team consisting of Jon Spader, Vicky Lio, Leif Nygaard, Stacy Miskimins, Justin Reimnitz, Darryl Neufeld, Rhiannon Chandler, Dan Ring, Jon Hoadley, Elizabeth Slagle, Varsha Ramakrishnan, Amritha Subramanian and Britt Fremstad competed at Rapid City over April 7 and 8.
As a cumulation of the debate season a senior banquet was held to honor the best and most dedicated seniors. Four seniors throughout the state are honored in each of the following areas: Policy debate, Lincoln-Douglas debate and individual events. Spader was one of the four who was honored as an exemplary competitor in individual events for his work in foreign extemporaneous speaking.
The student congress competition consists of students debating bills and resolutions as put forth to an actual congress. These bills range from lifting the Cuban embargo to legalizing euthanasia. The students are required to not only know and research the issues, but to be very familiar with parliamentary procedure. After each day of competition the outstanding (first) and superior (second) speakers are chosen. On Friday, Miskimins was elected as superior speaker, and both Hoadley and Spader were awarded outstanding speakers in their respective houses.
On Saturday morning some students present bills or resolutions to committees in hope that their bill or resolution will be accepted for debate next year. This year Slagle's bill on lowering the price of pharmaceuticals was accepted.
On the final day of competition the top speakers over all are voted on and awarded the honor of competing at national competition in Portland, OR in June. Ot of the five students that the southern half of South Dakota gets to send (this includes all the Sioux Falls schools, the Rapid City schools, Yankton, Vermillion and Beresford), two of the students are from Vermillion � Spader and Hoadley.
"The students all worked very hard this year. Making it to the national tournament is the greatest honor they could be given," said Head Coach Peggy Dimock.
The assistant coach, Jim Dimock, is particularly pleased as he also competed at the national student congress tournament his senior year of high school.
"Student congress is an extremely rewarding event. What I learned through competing in congress has been irreplaceable" Dimock said.