The GCHS Debate Team competed with 19 other high schools at the ninth annual Alabama Model United Nations Conference, February 14-16. This competition brought in three hundred students from across the state. Competitors in the General Assembly were required to complete and submit foreign policy research papers in advance. The General Assembly competition consisted of over 12 hours of continuous debate on real issues, staged in a United Nations forum, with students assigned to represent the views of the countries that they had spent the last two months researching.
More experienced debaters participated in the Crisis Committee competition, which requires much more background knowledge and the ability to quickly adapt to changing situations. Students in this competition are placed in committees with students from other schools and have to work together to resolve issues that arise in fictitious scenarios usually based on actual history or a genre of fiction or mythology. The difficulty is in observing the proper rules of order while working with students that they do not know on problems that are constantly evolving. Anytime a committee reaches a resolution, they are provided with information of how their action impacted the event and have to reach another solution. Real world application: Imagine being on a city council with people that you do not really know and having a disaster with which to contend, constantly making decisions and having to deal with the consequences of those decisions, hour after hour for more than two days.
Alanna Robinson, a GCHS junior, placed third in her division of thirty students. Alanna’s competition was based upon a Senate sub-committee. She had to create, write and propose policies while creating a consensus among like-minded senators and arguing for her legislation on the debate floor.
I was also impressed by the performance of Quantayia Willaims, a senior who is beginning her second year of debate. In her crisis committee, Quantayia demonstrated the ability to work with others and respond quickly to problems by proposing practical solutions. Each of our seven team members was prompt and professional, in both dress and behavior, throughout each of the long sessions. When score cards are sent out next week, I believe they will show that several of our debaters placed in the top seven or eight in their committees. Our next competition is March 4 & 5 at Mississippi State.
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Quantayia Willaims, Woodrow Bullock, J’kia Carpenter, Ivan Peebles, Alanna Robinson, Haley Noland Mr. Burnette, Jaila Brooks