Vermillion wins S.D. State Debate Tournament

Vermillion wins S.D. State Debate Tournament
The Vermillion High school debate team recently finished an extremely successful season at the South Dakota State Debate and Individual Events Tournament, held March 1 in Huron.

The team won the overall team state championship which is a reflection of performing extremely well at an individual level. A team is only allowed to bring its top two competitors and/or teams in each event. Nearly everyone participating received an award.

The team did extremely well in the debate events. Seniors Amanda Barton and Micaela Telleria were crowned state champions in Policy Debate and sophomores Sam Miller and Tyler Gutzman finished as state runner up. Additionally, seniors Maggie Green and Jane Reasoner received the state champions title in Public Forum Debate, followed by seniors Megan Amundson and Mike Feddersen as state runner up.

In both these events, Vermillion "closed out," meaning that they had to debate each other in the final round. In Lincoln Douglas debate, junior Jiwen Li was the state runner up.

"The team was actually put in a tough situation because of our level of success, since only one team in each event can be state champion and we had two teams in some of the final rounds. I guess at the end of the day, that is a pretty good problem to have," said coach Justin Bell.

The team also did well in individual events. In United States Extemporaneous Speaking, senior Jane Reasoner placed first, and senior Amanda Barton placed third. In International Extemporaneous Speaking, junior Jiwen Li placed second, and sophomore Tyler Gutzman placed fifth.

In Original Oratory, sophomore Sam Miller placed third, and senior Maggie Green placed sixth.

Coach Bell said, "It is hard to imagine a better way for a season to end. Every team works all year to finish well at Quals and State, and for our team to peak at both of those tournaments is simply amazing."

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