Behind the Debate

A look at MN’s debate team and new coach

Teagan Lynch, Staff Writer

Spending time after school and reporting for competitions on long Saturdays, debaters practice and work to achieve the victory they deserve. Many don’t see how much effort goes into this activity; it’s more than simply arguing.

Debate is a competitive speaking activity where students go against students from other schools using structured arguments to prove their point.

“We have four different types of debate, it’s kind of like track in that way, where there’s hurdles and throwers and runners,” said debate team coach Dylan Sutton. “All of that contributes overall to a score for the whole team.”

Every person on the team is important, because every victory pulls the team closer to winning the whole competition.

“There’s a lot of focus on work ethic and pulling your weight for the team.” said sophomore Vishaal Arunprasad.

Debaters, like freshman Swara Dasari, must spend lots of time practicing after school for their event.

“I am always learning new things, so being able to fully grasp these ideas and apply them requires a lot of time, practice, and patience,” said Dasari.

Millard North is a strong competitor in the competitions they go to and students are often victorious.

“Millard North is very lucky, very privileged to have things like a debate class… support from the administration… and things like that. The students here are wonderful… and [we have] a lot of very very bright people to help us win.” said Sutton.

Debating teaches students skills, like speaking and critical thinking, that will last a lifetime.

“In debate, I am always learning new things, so being able to fully grasp these ideas and apply them requires a lot of time, practice, and patience,” said Dasari.

This activity is a great way to meet new people, develop your skills, and try new things.

“Debate is a very inclusive activity! If you’re into public speaking it’s definitely worth your time.” said Arunprasad.