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Speech & debate students qualify for state meet

Speech & debate students qualify for state meet
Posted on 11/16/2018
Speech and Debate winners with trophies

A pair students on the A&M Consolidated Speech and Debate Team recently took first and second place at the Region 6 qualifying tournament and qualified for the Texas State Congressional Debate Meet. Defending 5A State Congressional Debate Champion Aabid Razvi earned first, while his teammate Allen Zhang placed second.

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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