Students from Brentwood High School and others are headed to the National Speech and Debate Tournament in Dallas this June. A Brentwood debater is the Eastern Missouri Student of the year. The students competed with nearly 200 others at the National Speech and Debate Association District Tournament at Clayton and Pattonville in March. Justin Seiwell, chair of the Eastern Missouri District, said, “Every student at this tournament—qualifier or not—pushed themselves to grow in their ability to speak, persuade, think critically, and move people. What these kids do competitively isn’t easy—they each had to make huge commitments of time, energy, grit, and perseverance to do what most American’s fear: public speaking.”
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Nearly 40 schools participate in the Eastern Missouri District Competition, which is one of the largest of the 110 district tournaments in the country.