With the win, Venktatraj earned the right to advance to the UIL state congressional debate tournament in January. The state contest will be held at the Texas State Capitol in Austin.
In addition, AMCHS debaters Alex Coopersmith and Kevin Choi placed fourth and fifth, respectively, and will serve as alternates to the state competition.
The district Congress was held on Tuesday, November 11th at AMCHS and coach Roy Rodriguez served as the official UIL congressional debate clerk for the contest.
More about UIL Congressional Debate: Congressional Debate is currently a pilot event for UIL. Congress 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 (proposed laws and position statements) 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 others’ arguments over the course of a session.Judges evaluate contestants for their research and analysis of issues, argumentation, skill in asking and answering questions, use of parliamentary procedure and clarity and fluency of speaking.