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AHS Students Compete in Congressional Debate

Posted Date: 11/13/2020

William Porterfield, Alexander Jones, Ingrid Baizabal, Rebekah Nelson, and Caedmon Larson competed in Congressional Debate on Thursday, November 12, 2020 against the two very tough teams of Hooks and Chapel Hill. This event entails the team coming up with either bills, resolutions, or amendments to the Constitution to debate over a six hour session. These competitors, along with their classmates, spend from September to November researching the pros and the cons of twelve or more legislation that will be used at Regionals.  The debaters then give speeches in the affirmative and negative on each piece of legislation and are asked in depth questions on each speech. One of the students serves as the Presiding Officer who must meticulously control every aspect of the chamber. The results are decided by five different judges who can have five different paradigms over two three hour sessions. The Atlanta Rabbit Debate Team did very well with Rebekah Nelson placing 8th, Ingrid Baizabal placing 7th, Alexander Jones placing 5th, and William Porterfield placing 1st and winning top Presiding Officer and also advancing to state!  Congratulations students!

Debate Sponsor – Stuart Drake