Three North Lamar Speech and Debate team members will compete at the State Student Congress Tournament in Austin on January 8-10, 2018, by virtue of sweeping the UIL Student Congress Regional Tournament on November 2.
After debating for seven hours, Zach Huffman earned first place followed by team membersColin Hodgkiss, second, Mason Remaley, third, Garrett Holzwarth, fourth, and Katie Hodgkiss,fifth. The top three legislators advance to the state competition.
Student Congress simulates the activities of the United States Congress with students serving as senators and representatives. The student team members write, propose, and debate contemporary legislation such as nuclear first strike requirements, life classes for high school, and physician assisted suicide in an effort to get their piece of legislation approved.
“Preparation for the contest requires hours of research and more hours of practice,” said Coach Kristi Hodgkiss.
Additionally, Remaley was named Top Presiding Officer. Much like the Speaker of the House, the Top Presiding Officer is responsible for running the chamber, maintaining order, and must have knowledge of parliamentary procedure.