The Dodge City High School debate team opened its 2013 season with a bang, winning the Sweepstakes Championship at the 45th Annual Tournament of Champions held in Great Bend over the weekend. Never before had the Demon Debaters won the meet.
“We have been working very hard the past few weeks in preparation for this season, and especially hard each day last week as we put in the final touches for this week’s meet,” Steve Ray, coach for the DCHS debate team, said. “It’s very rewarding and extremely satisfying to see these students seeing positive results for their efforts.”
A total of 45 squads representing 15 schools attended the tournament. In order to get to the top, the Demons had to beat out a number of competitive teams. Sacred Heart of Salina finished second in the tournament while Garden City placed third.
According to Ray, nine debaters on the Demons team had previous state tournament debate experience. Nevertheless, the win still came as a bit of a surprise.
The top Demon Debaters at the tournament were Fanny Ochoa and A.J. Amaro, finishing third overall as a team. Other prominent Demon teams included Hunter Trejo and Joyce Ngo, Andy Ramos and Scarlett Real, and Isaiah Solorzano and Noah Williams.
“I was probably most impressed with the performances of novices Ian Chavez and Cruz Fernandez,” Ray said. “They had not even had as much as a practice round before they had to compete, but they showed they can be a very good team this year by winning three of their last four rounds Saturday. We would not have won the trophy without their efforts.”
The team’s next game will be on Saturday, Sept. 28, as they travel to Hoisington for the Cardinal Classic.