SPASH Debate Team Sweeps State Competition
City Times Staff
Students on the SPASH debate team brought home the gold in this year’s statewide competition.
The team won the State Varsity Debate Championship, held Jan. 22-24 in West Bend.
Team members Jessica Meadow and Abigail Glaum won by going 5-1 in the preliminary rounds, beating Homestead in semi-finals, and then Rufus King in the finals. They won on a 4-1 decision with a five-person judge panel.
Meadows is the only SPASH debater to ever be a side champion in both Novice Switch and Varsity Switch competition. She was also named the fifth best speaker award in varsity debate.
SPASH had previously advanced to the semi-finals seven out of the last 10 years until finally bringing home the gold this year.
SPASH Students Jesse Staniewski and Emily Young advanced to the finals of the State Novice Switch side division before losing to the eventual champions from Mukwonago. They were 5-1 in the preliminary rounds and defeated Homestead in the semi-finals before losing in the finals.
Ben Franklin Junior High School student Ella Swiston was named the top speaker in the Novice
Division, ranking first out of 76 speakers. Emily Johnston, her partner, was named the fourth best
speaker in that same division.
Student Faith Lemay finished eighth in Novice. Other participants on the team included Alexandra Raczek, Jack Formella and Steven Thaves.