There are two types of scholars in this world: typical students and debate students. Nevertheless, I decided to take a step into the explosive University Interscholastic League event known as Debate. If this article is published, the world will know that I survived this journey into quite a strange, strange world.
To correctly embrace this intellectual sport, I decided to attend a practice tournament in Marshall alongside debate students from Henderson High School. Blazers, neckties, dresses and high-heels flooded the chilly waiting room, laying in wait to meet their next opponent. Anxious students study their case, which will be their sword for the next round. An assemblage surrounds the wall of event postings. Right off the bat, Debate’s natural demeanor appears to be fiercely passionate.
The first genuine taste of Debate was about to grace my life when the first round began. The judge kindly allowed me to observe a round of Lincoln-Douglas, a type of Debate that focuses on morals. Swiftly read speeches presented arguments on a silver platter. Structure caused words to flow professionally and effectively. Questions gnawed away at the Achilles’ heels of each case. Anxiety and confidence danced in the room. Thus, LD became mind-bending to me.
The next rounds exalted the true meaning of UIL Debate. I was fortunate enough to witness two rounds of Cross-Examination, another type of Debate that focuses on factually resolving political issues. In CX, debate students argue in pairs. The coordination between partners sharpened the daggers of the case. Comradery sliced through every conflicting argument. I was watching teams of superheroes battle against each other.
Overall, Debate is a dulcet, awe-inspiring world where logic battles logic and ethics wrestles ethics. The human brain has never been more sharp-witted than in a Debate tournament. This venturesome step into a debater’s world has opened my eyes to a new section of the student body. Debate students are not standard students, but they are zealous and intelligent adolescents.