The fine notes of debate are being reinforced as high school students compete in a mock legislative assembly.
The UIL Congress pilot contest simulates the legislative process. Students are working in teams of four, but they compete individually within the competition.
“Congressional debate isn’t like the other styles of debate,” Coppeas Cove High School sophomore Lindsey Rang said. “It’s much more formal. You have to be well educated as well as passionate about your side of the legislation.”
Rang and her fellow students Dante Coleman, Deonjrae Hunt, and Jashel Negron drafted legislation to include proposed laws and position statements and submitted them to the tournament. In preparing their speeches, they researched the docket of bills and resolutions dealing with real-world social and political policies.
“Because this was our first year doing congressional debate, as well as this being my first year doing debate in general, this competition was a really great learning experience,” Coleman said. “It taught me about how I should be expected to speak as well as how to present my information. I’m looking forward to seeing what the future competitions hold for us.”