CSISD students earned six of the top 8 places in the qualifying meet. The top three participants advance to the state meet at the Texas Capitol in Austin on January 8-10.
Aabid Razvi, Elizabeth Palazzolo, and Caroline Coopersmith, earned first, second and third, respectively. CSHS’s Judy Zhou won fourth and is the region’s first alternate. Elise Sawyer (AMCHS) finished seventh, while Robert Dorhman (CSHS) finished eighth.
Razvi, a senior, has now advanced to state the last three years after finishing second in the region in 2016 and third in 2015.
Congressional Debate is an individual contest in a large group setting. It models the legislative process of democracy, specifically, the United States Congress. Within this mock legislative assembly competition, contestants draft legislation submitted to the tournament, and they research the docket of bills and resolutions dealing with real-world social and political policies prior to the contest to prepare their speeches.
At the tournament, students caucus in committees, deliver formal discourse on the merits and disadvantages of each piece of legislation, and vote to pass or defeat the measures they have examined. Parliamentary procedure forms structure for the discourse, and students extemporaneously respond to arguments over the course of a session.