Davis High debate team took second in state this past weekend. This is a look into what got them there, and how they plan to take it all next year. After a close battle, Davis took second in a close, heated yet orderly debate competition.
“We are skilled, coordinated, and team-oriented,” stated team member Evan Johnson, when asked why Davis made it to state.
Even with all those qualities, it can be difficult to come out triumphant, especially when there are so many other variables thrown into the mix that can affect you, and alter your performance. “It’s difficult cause we never know how our opponents are preparing, or how they’ll perform,” said Johnson about the challenges.
That is all very true. Debate is a very difficult event; one that takes lots of concentration and proficiency in expressing oneself. You must be witty and quick on your feet. You have to really know what you’re talking about, and all the statistics and information concerning it.
“The other team was slightly more tactful, and a bit more prepared and organized,” stated Johnson on why Davis took second, rather then first.
And that happens. The only thing that truly matters is how you pick yourself up and alter your behavior to do better next time. “We could work on better coordination, dictation and learning how to work better as a team,” said Johnson about the changes they plan to make to take the cake next year.
Overall, they did fantastic! Making it to state amongst the 400+ Utah high schools is a feat of its own. It shows extreme work, dedication, and a true passion for what they do.
“Just a chill vibe. Not strict at all…a place where you can relax, work on your case and get instant support and answers,” described Johnson on what a typical day in debate looks like.
It’s very impressive what these students have accomplished, and all the hard work they have put into their love for debate. It’s no easy task, and that’s not debatable.