Congressional Debate Season Recap

Our Congressional Debate team had a fantastic year!

On October 27 the team competed at East Ridge High School’s Halloween-themed Raptor Invitational Palooza (RIP 2018). 

Seven members competed, debating legislation in two sessions. The first session was prelims, the second session was either the Gold chamber, the Silver chamber, or the Bronze chambers. Choco Li, Alison French, and Hailey Biesanz were Presiding Officers for their respective chambers. Choco Li advanced to the Gold Chamber, Hailey Beisanz advanced to the Silver Chamber, Ali French and Edward Zhang advanced to the Division 1 Bronze chamber while Abby Briggs, Lexi Licheng Faye Li advanced to the other Division 2 Bronze chamber. Ali placed 2nd while Lexi placed 3rd in their respective chambers.

The team next competed in the Southern MN NSDA National Qualifier. Students advancing from this tournament will travel to Dallas, Texas next summer.

Choco Li, Lexi Licheng, Faye Li, Hailey Biesanz, Abby Briggs, and Alison French competed at the state capitol building on November 14. The students’ debated legislation that would ban 3D printed guns, examine carbon prices, force down drug prices, open National Parks to drilling, and a bill that would remove the Pledge of Allegiance from public schools.

The students were divided into three chambers. House 1 included Hailey Biesanz and Faye Li, House 2 included Choco Li and Abby Briggs, House 3 included Lexi Licheng and Alison French. The top two students in each chamber advance to nationals, with the next four as alternates.

Choco Li placed 6th place which means she is the fourth alternate to Nationals!  This achievement is a first for Cotter! Well done, Choco! Hailey Biesanz took 8th place in House 1.

The final tournament of the season was at Eagan High School and featured two divisions, Junior Varsity for second year speakers and Novice for first year speakers.

Choco Li and Alison French competed in the JV Division. In the Novice Division, Lexi Licheng, Faye Li, Abby Briggs, and Edward Zhang all competed.

Debate legislation included two pieces written by our students. Choco Li wrote a Resolution to encourage national service while Alison French wrote a bill to amend the Constitution to limit U.S. Senators to two terms. Other pieces of legislation included a bill to ban solitary confinement, a bill to incentivize domestic adoption, a bill to eliminate Daylight Savings Time, and a bill to implement “Stand Your Ground Laws” in Minnesota.

In the JV Division, Choco Li finished in the top 10.On the side, the Tournament divisions had two special awards, Favorite Presiding Officer and Best Legislation. Alison French’s Bill was voted Best Legislation by all members of the Novice Division and by all members of the JV Division. Great job, Choco and Alison!

Congratulations on a successful debate season to all of our Congressional Debate Team members!