Emerald Cove Middle School sent 11 members of its speech and debate team at their first debate on Oct. 23, and they did a phenomenal job.
Each team member who competed had to research four bills and argue for or against for each one. The bills are almost always relevant to current hot topics. For example, one topic was of a bill that would allow hotels to house homeless people for a tax deduction. Then, they prepare a three-minute speech and several questions for their opponents to present in front of judges.
Out of the 11 students who competed, six finished in the top 10 spots in their respective congresses. The school is proud of Christopher Lim, who placed first in his congress, and Josh Lim, who placed second. This is a huge accomplishment, considering it was their first debates.