Debaters qualify for national tournament, Brentwood student is Student of the Year

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.

Brentwood Debate Team update in photos

Brentwood High School Debate Team coach Robyn Haug had high hopes for this year’s team, going into the year with ranked debaters. Cole Mayfield attended the NCFL (National Catholic Forensic League) National Tournament in Chicago last summer. Jonathan Duffe-Holmes was a district quarterfinalist last year, won several awards at local tournaments and attended the grand national tournament in Chicago as well. Austin Koster is a one-time state and two-time national qualifier. He attended national tournaments in Chicago and Overland Park last summer.

Brentwood HS starts year with ranked debaters

The Brentwood High School Debate Team, nationally ranked in past years, starts 2014 with three ranked debaters, all seniors, team coach Robyn Haug reports. Cole Mayfield attended the NCFL (National Catholic Forensic League) National Tournament in Chicago last summer. Jonathan Duffe-Holmes was a district quarterfinalist last year, won several awards at local tournaments and attended the grand national tournament in Chicago as well. Austin Koster is a one time state and two time national qualifier. He attended national tournaments in Chicago and Overland Park last summer and has many individual accolades from local tournaments.