H-F debate team takes third at tournament
June 7, 2012 12:42PM
The Homewood-Flossmoor High School debate team recently participated in the annual Tournament of Champions at the University of Kentucky. | Supplied Photo
Updated: July 11, 2012 6:02AM
Homewood-Flossmoor High School’s debate team recently participated in the National Tournament of Champions at the University of Kentucky. More than 1,000 teams from across the country attempt to qualify for the event, but only 74 actually do.
Homewood-Flossmoor had two teams of students participate — Donald Grasse and Margaret Strong, and Rufus Coates-Welsh and Adam Griesbach. Of the 74 teams, H-F’s team of Grasse and Strong claimed third place.
All competitors debated this year’s national high school policy debate resolution, “Resolved: The United States federal government should substantially increase its exploration and/or development of space beyond the earth’s mesosphere.”
“To put things in perspective, only one other time has a team from Homewood-Flossmoor reached the elimination phase of this tournament, and it was Donald and Margaret last year when they finished in round 16,” said Josh Brown, team coach and H-F English teacher.
“Less than 10 other two-person teams from Homewood-Flossmoor have even qualified for this event at all. This is, by far, the most important award ever won by H-F debate, stretching all the way back in its nearly 45 year history.”
H-F’s other team — Rufus Coates-Welsh and Adam Griesbach — achieved a 3-4 record in the preliminary debates.
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