Debate Team: Deliberation, Discussion, and Disputes

Debate combines elements of factual accuracy and critical thinking on a specific topic to form a consistent, persuasive argument. It expands your knowledge on relevant subjects and increases your ability to research particular issues and prepare a concise, formal speech. It not only assists with preparation and speaking skills but thinking on the spot as well. The debate team strives to execute and convey these skills which are necessary for preparing those who aspire to have a future that requires public speaking. The team is led by senior Michael Kohler, as well as by Mr. Erik Hesla who has coached the team for two years.
This year, the Benet Debate team has been working hard to elevate their game. The debate team has been successful in past years; however, the current team of debaters are more prepared than ever. “This year has been a lot easier,” Mr. Hesla said. “We have a better understanding of tournaments and judging, and we are definitely more prepared.” The Benet debate team has been doing very well, winning more awards than they have previous years. They have competed in competitions almost every other week, acquiring achievements from each event. They won their first competition in September, and a number of students have placed in the top five in several other competitions. In their most recent competition, two teams placed in the top five and another won second place in speaker awards individually. New debaters have contributed to the success of the team as well, with many of the wins coming from novice debaters. These novice debaters are not just freshman but also Benet students from grades 10-12. Hopefully, this team will continue its prosperity and triumph throughout the year and for debates yet to come!
Meetings are held on Mondays and Thursdays promptly after school in Mr. Hesla’s room, J301. New members are always welcome.