Thursday February 23, 2012
The Vermont Public Forum Debate State Tournament was held at the Vermont State House Monday, February 13th. Seventy students representing eleven high schools participated in the day-long event. Teams debated the pros and cons of this statement: “The benefits of post-9/11 security measures outweigh the harms to personal freedom.” Each team participated in three preliminary rounds. From these rounds, four teams were selected for the Semi-Finals. Winners of this round faced off in the House Chambers, presenting to three judges and a spirited audience.
Crowned State Champions and recipients of the Vermont Bar Association Rotating Plaques are the team of Kevin Wang and Lihu Behr from South Burlington High School. Finalists were Avni Nahar and Riya Patel from South Burlington High School.
Individual speaker awards were earned by SBHS students Kevin Wang (2nd Place), Riya Patel (5th place), and Lihu Behr (6th place).
The State Tournament is sanctioned, governed and supported by the VT Debate and Forensics League, the Vermont Principals’ Association, the VT Bar Association, and the Vermont – NEA. Kevin F. Ryan of the VT Bar Association, assisted by John O’Brien and Bill Haynes, directs the tournament.
SOURCE: Vermont Principal’s Association