Senior goes to state in debate competition

Debate team captain Greer Feick ’07 is going to the state debate competition held April 20 through 22, after winning first place in a state qualifying debate tournament.

Feick was undefeated for seven rounds the weekend of March 3 at the qualifying tournament at Chaminade High School run by the National Forensic League.
Along with the other top two debators from the qualifier, she will compete in the state competition this weekend.

Ben Barad ’09 and Sean Nadel ’09 both placed in the top eight of the double elimination tournament. Feick has been captain of the debate team for three years.
Whereas most of the debates Feick takes part in are more stylized and judged more on presentation, this competition is much more content-driven, a change which Feick finds gratifying.

The debate was on whether national sovereignty or human rights should take precedence in the United Nations.

The topic is chosen by groups of debate coaches and is common to all debaters in the competition.

Debaters have to argue both sides of the issue, an aspect which Feick enjoys.

“I think debate has made me more open-minded,” Feick said of having to argue both sides of each issue. “It’s something that I think is really invaluable.”

Feick finds the recent team wins very gratifying.