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Here’s everything you need to know about the Debate Team

Olivia Piserchia, a seventh grader here at Emerson High School, is on the debate team.

Olivia Piserchia, a seventh grader here at Emerson High School, is on the debate team.

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Olivia Piserchia, a seventh grader here at Emerson High School, is on the debate team.

Brianna Benitez

Brianna Benitez

Olivia Piserchia, a seventh grader here at Emerson High School, is on the debate team.

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The Emerson Jr/Sr. High School Debate Team has just begun their season. Mrs. McClure, the team’s coach and club adviser, explained what debate means to her and gave some insight on how everything is going so far.

“Debate is something that happens nationally; it is two different sides of a topic and students have an intelligent conversation about it,” she explained. “It is not yelling, but it’s arguing in a sophisticated form where you think about your credible sources. You need to use a little bit of emotion and everyone argues about the same topic.”

Each year, there is a specific topic that every team has to debate about at the meets, in which schools compete against each other in mock debates. This year’s topic is education, and the EJSHS team will argue about whether or not there is a need in the United States to increase funding to primary and secondary schools.

“We have won several competitions, not as many as we would like of course, but we have won, and last night in our debate against Becton we defeated Becton twice.”

Oliva Piserchia and Samantha Robinson are middle schoolers. They recently had their first debate, and the girls were up against high schoolers.

“They lost by one point and I consider that a victory because it was their first time,” McClure said.

She also discussed a little bit about how she started out in debate when she was in high school.

“I was in the debate team when I was in high school and to be honest I was terrible. We always beat our rival. When we were debating against them it was really hard for me because at that time I had a crush on someone which made it even harder.”

McClure explained that even though she wasn’t very good at first, she was able to grow and improve, and she wants her students to see this, too. This is why she wants her students to join debate, even if they suffer from stage fright. She believes it will help her students in the future by giving them important life skills.

“We have so many struggles in life, so to have the confidence and strength to know that you’re strong and to know that you aren’t gonna be defeated by every little thing, it’s a great philosophy in life.”

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