Speech and Debate National Championship Tournament

by Placerville Newswire / Jul 24, 2017 / comments

[Serena Fuson, EDUHSD. Img: Liam Gerety & Reese Springer with qualifier plaques]

The Ponderosa High School (PHS) Speech and Debate Team recently competed in their 20th consecutive qualification at the Speech & Debate National Championship Tournament in Birmingham, Alabama. Two students were both elected as Presiding Officers during their preliminary rounds of Congressional Debate. This honor is achieved by only 4 students in each chamber. Senior Liam Gerety became the Capitol Valley District Champion in the House of Representatives and senior Reese Springer (who recently placed 4th in the State of California in Congressional Debate) became the District Champion in the Senate. The trip was a success and the students truly enjoyed the food culture and building facades.

Both young men are now preparing to debate 41 individual pieces of legislation on a wide variety of topics such as a bill to recognize Hawaii as a sovereign nation, a bill to establish mental health programs in schools, and a resolution to establish a safe zone in Syria.