Yesterday our in-house debater earned a trip to the national competition! She competed in the District tournament in the Quad Cities (Davenport/Bettendorf/Moline/Rock Island) and won her house of Congress.
This particular debate event is organized around the format of the U.S. congress and participants propose and debate bills. Over the course of the day the judges pick the top members of Congress based on the presentation and content of their arguments. After the adults pick the finalists, the Congress, or students, pick the winner from the participants selected by the judges.
She has a date sometime in June in Birmingham Alabama for the national contest.