McMurry University, AISD to Host Debate Tournament

  Gary Ellison
  Thursday, December 4, 2014 9:29 AM
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Abilene, TX

McMurry University will partner with the Abilene Independent School District in hosting the first-ever McMurry Honors Program Speech and Debate Tournament on December 5-6, 2014.

According to Seth Pietsek, speech and debate teacher at Abilene and Cooper High Schools, about 500 high school students from 30 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 be coming 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 p.m. and run until about 10 p.m. Friday. 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 programs’ joint-trip to a national debate on the campus of Harvard University, which will occur in early 2015.

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