Debaters from the University of Kansas, and former high school debaters from Lawrence, are set to compete in the biggest debate tournament in the country this weekend.
Free State High School seniors Serena Rupp and John Marshall won the final round of the Tournament of Champions late Monday on a 2-1 decision, becoming national champions.
The Free State High School debate team of John Marshall and Serena Rupp, both seniors, have added another first to the school’s résumé with their latest tournament win.
After a weekend of success, it’s hard to argue that Lawrence’s high school debate and forensics teams aren’t among the best, both regionally and nationwide.
Lawrence high school debate teams recently competed at the State tournament, completing the season and another year of remote competitions.
A debate duo and a speech student competed as national finalists, and Free State High School earned the School of Outstanding Distinction Award, given only to the top 10 programs nationwide, their coach said Saturday.
The Free State High School debate team of Ethan Harris and Aiden Basore took third place in the National Speech and Debate Association’s national tournament Thursday night.
Serena Rupp and John Marshall were the first Lawrence school district team to ever qualify for the Tournament of Champions, according to their debate coach.
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