January 20, 2021
The Tonganoxie High School debate team wraps up another successful season. Pictured, front row, from left, Monika Hoffman and Mary Harbour; middle row, Elizabeth Graveman, Jacob Howell, Katherine Wombwell and Katelyn Bothwell; back row, from left, Graham Foley, Dajarrio White, Samuel Spiker, Clara Altenhofen and Kaitlyn Skinner. Not pictured are Cayden Hunter, Morgan Brusven and Callie Seber.
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'Remarkable Turnaround' at state: Tonganoxie High debate nabs 2-speaker medals, just misses out on more hardware as 4-speaker takes 4th
Tonganoxie High School experienced a pretty big weekend during the Class 4A state debate championships and just missed a trophy and additional medals in the process. The 4-speaker team advanced to state by nabbing the final spot at regionals and then turned around and finished fourth overall at state. THS coach Steve Harrell said the team lost by a single ballot, and missed out on second and third places by tiebreakers. Tonganoxie advanced to state with an overall losing record at regionals, but the team regrouped in advance of state Friday and Saturday. Lyons High School hosted the virtual tournament. Harrell said assistant coach Matthew Christensen worked with the affirmative team on a new case and “moved some kids around.”