VHS Debate Team heads to state competition

The Vermillion High School debate team looks to wrap up a dominant season this weekend with the state tournament.

The team managed to bring home three first place trophies, three second place trophies, and only a single third place trophy in seven major tournaments.

On an individual level, Philip Erikson and Joe Miller did not lose a round as partners, and once they separated, brought home semi-finalist awards or better in every tournament in Junior Varsity Policy Debate.

Robby Erikson has been the team's true leader.  Robby took first place in the Varsity Lincoln Douglas Debate division in four of the team's seven major tournaments.  With a 6-1 record at the district qualifying tournament Feb. 17-18 in Sioux Falls, he took second place and earned a trip to the NFL National Speech & Debate Tournament June 10-15 in Indianapolis, IN.

This weekend's state tournament is in Aberdeen. Vermillion has won first place in Class A State Debate eight of the last nine years.

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