No debate on this team’s talent

Debate team takes 9th at ‘Princeton Classic’ tournament in Princeton

No debate on this team's talent

On Thursday, December 1, MHS Debate Team competed in their second out of state tournament of the year. This time, they competed at the prestigious campus of Princeton University.

950 students from 117 schools and four countries participated in the tournament. Medina was one of three public schools competing and the only team from Ohio. They did not disappoint as Medina placed 9th and brought home another trophy for the fourth year in a row.

Earlier in the year, the debate team competed at Georgetown University, where Advisor Mr. Scott Quade noted the team “virtually swept the congressional debate division and the novice public forum division.

“These two annual trips are in addition to the team’s competing all but two Saturdays between October and March at tournaments throughout northeast Ohio,” said Quade.  “The team is hoping for its 15th consecutive trip to the state championships and fourth trip to the national championships later this year.

Pressure was on for underclassmen as they make up a great number of the team. One would think they would be worried about succeeding in an international tournament ; but according to sophomore, Paige Gibeault, it is the exact opposite. “Debate has been my love since I could remember. To me, tournaments are about doing what I enjoy at a competitive level,’’ Gibeault said.

Debate is full of experienced debaters as well. President, Chris Summerville, is the leader of the young group. He believes they have a shot at first every tournament.

“Every tournament is an opportunity to showcase our abilities and an international tournament allows us to do that on a larger scale,” ”

— Chris Summerville

Summerville stated. “You can see the bonds created throughout the team and witness the maturity in all of us.”