TEXARKANA — Students from Texas High School Speech & Debate participated in the UIL Regional Student Congress meet in Pittsburg, Texas, on Nov. 12.
Doug Kyles placed fourth and will serve as the first alternate to the state meet.
Macy Sloan placed sixth and won the Gavel for Top Presiding Officer of the District 5A Chamber for the second consecutive year. The award is voted upon by all competitors within the 5A District.
The District Student Congress program is an individual contest that models the legislative process of a republican form of government, specifically the United States Congress.
The mock legislative assembly is a competition wherein contestants are able to draft legislation, submit the legislation to the tournament, and 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, much like actual legislative bodies in the United States, and deliver formal disclosure on the merits and harms of each piece of legislation. The students also give an up or down vote to each measure examined.
Parliamentary procedure is the structure for the discourse, and students respond extemporaneously to each others’ arguments over the course of a session.
The judges evaluate the contestants for their research and analysis of issues, argumentation, skill in asking and answering questions, and use of parliamentary procedure and clarity and speaking fluency.
Texas High School Speech & Debate team is coached by Amy Kemp.