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Consol students headed to state debate

Consol students headed to state debate
Posted on 11/14/2019
Consol state debate qualifiers

A pair students on the A&M Consolidated Speech and Debate Team recently took first and second place at the 5A Region 6 qualifying tournament to advance to the Texas State Congressional Debate Meet.

Allen Zhang won the regional championship and will head back to the state meet for the second-straight year.  Last year, Zhang made the finals, which consists of the 16 best congressional debaters in the state. 

Celine Choi placed second at the regional meet and will laos advance to state.

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Consol has had recent success at the state meet, with 2019 graduate Aabid Razvi winning the last two state 5A Congressional Debate championships.

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.

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