VHS debaters excel at tourney

VHS debaters excel at tourney
The Vermillion High School Debate Team competed in the Nationals Qualifying tournament Feb. 10-11 at Sioux Falls Lincoln High School.

Senior Molly Green qualified to participate in the National Forensics Tournament, and junior Hannah Pommersheim will serve as alternate. The tournament will be held in Dallas, TX, starting on June 18.

The VHS Debate Team competed against students from all over South Dakota, including schools from Sioux Falls and Rapid City.


Green, a five-year member of the team, and Pommersheim, a three-year member of the team, did exceptionally well. They competed in Policy Debate and Domestic Extemporaneous Speaking, and qualified for the final round. Participants in finals included the two VHS debaters, two from Sioux Falls Roosevelt, one from Sioux Falls Lincoln, and two from Rapid City Stevens.

After the final round, Green placed second and Pommersheim placed third. The speakers who place first and second attend the tournament, with the third-place speaker serving as an alternate. The National Forensics Tournament involves over 1,000 students from all over the country in the competition.

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