Kiragi, Lara debate at State


Julie Kobbe

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After a long and challenging debate season, two students qualified for the state debate tournament. Aditi Kiragi senior and Olivia Lara junior qualified for State and competed on January 18.
During the season the team competed all over Kansas and the team was happy with their final results.
“I think we were consistent, we had almost the exact same record throughout the entire season,” Kiragi said.
The tournament was hosted in Hutchinson, Kansas and every school in 5A division attended.
“We did okay, Aditi and I had fun competing against other schools and everyone competing was nicer than I would’ve thought,” Lara said.
Unlike other tournaments the team had attended, they competed closer to home and against more local schools.
“It was different due to the fact that we weren’t used to the regional tournament style, all season we competed mostly in Kansas City which was different,” Kiragi said.
Like any other state tournament, they were placed in a pool and had to face other schools in the bracket.
“I didn’t think the pool we had was a great one because we had a lot of parent judges and we were used to the professionally trained judges,” Kiragi said.
It was a completely different experience than they imagined but they were ready to take on the challenge and represent the school.
“It felt pretty good competing for the school, there wasn’t like one moment when I realized I made it but it felt really cool,” Lara said.
The two went 2-4 in policy debate and Lara is planning to make it to state again next year as a senior.