McMurry to Host High School Debate Contest

  Gary Ellison
  Thursday, November 30, 2017 9:21 AM
  Archives 2016 - 2017

Abilene, TX

McMurry University will partner with the Abilene Independent School District in hosting the fourth annual McMurry Honors Program Speech and Debate Tournament on Friday and Saturday, December 1-2, 2017.

According to Seth Pietsek, speech and debate teacher at Abilene High and Cooper High, about 450 high school students from Texas high schools will come to McMurry and compete in the tournament.

Students will compete in the following events: Lincoln-Douglass Debate, Cross-Examination Debate, Public Forum Debate, Original Oratory, Extemporaneous Speaking, Interpretive Reading (Prose, Poetry, and Duo), Dramatic Interpretation, Humorous Interpretation, and Duet Acting.  

The tournament will be a “Swing” event, meaning that it will actually be two tournaments. This will allow students, who will come to Abilene from as far as Houston, to be able to compete as much as possible in two days. The tournament will begin on Friday at 12:30 and run until about 10 p.m. Friday. Then it will resume at 7 a.m. on Saturday and continue until about 8 p.m. Saturday night.

McMurry will provide the tournament with several large rooms in which students, coaches, and judges will gather and organize, as well as 72 classroom-spaces for the student competitions.

The tournament is the primary fundraiser for the AHS and CHS Speech and Debate programs.

Dozens of McMurry faculty, staff, and students have volunteered to serve as judges for the tournament.

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