OSL dominant at Bishop Heelan Invitational

Monday, October 13, 2014
Members of the Okoboji-Spirit Lake debate program include (front from left) Carson Miller, Hannah Grosvenor, Jack Humphry (back row) Taylor Hoffman, Brittany Kolbeck, Andrew Dunn, Kaycee Arrowood, Bin Huang and Emma Myhre.

OSL Debaters all placed in the top three at the Heelan Invitational on Saturday, claiming three firsts, two seconds, three thirds and the team trophy.

In Congressional debate, Kaycee Arrowood came out on top of more than 20 debaters from Spencer, Sioux City North, Sioux City, East, and Heelan. She was also elected the top presiding officer of the day for her work controlling the debate in the final session. During the first session, she was ranked first by the judges on her speaking and parliamentarian skills. This was the first invitational championship for Arrowood who is a junior.

In Lincoln-Douglas debate, OSL came home with five of the six trophies. In varsity, Hannah Grosvenor took first and Jack Humphrey took third. Grosvenor avenged an earlier loss by winning the final round over Heelan's top debater. This is her second straight year of winning the tournament and it is the fifth straight year OSL has won it.

"It was great to see Grosvenor to have the resilience to come back and win the final round," coach Greg Stevens said.

In novice (first year) Lincoln-Douglas, Okoboji swept the top three spots: Carson Miller (first), Taylor Hoffman (second), and Bin Huang (third). The topic for September-October is: "Resolved: A just society ought to presume consent for organ procurement from the deceased."

In public forum debate, OSL took second and third, losing out to a team from Heelan. In second, was senior Brittany Kolbeck and sophomore Andrew Dunn. They went 4-1 on the day, claiming wins over the fourth and fifth place teams. Debating without her partner, Emma Myhre finished third. She had to do all of the speeches for the normally partnered event. Despite a lack of practice at the first speaking position, she was the top speaker in the tournament.

Interestingly, all of her judges gave her separate speaking totals for each speaking position. If they allowed it, she would have been first and second speaker.

"An amazing day for her and the OSL team," Stevens said.

The PF topic is "Resolved: On balance, public subsidies for professional athletic organizations in the United States benefit their local communities."

"This was a great day for us," Stevens said. "We still are not up to full strength, but we are starting to get things put together. It was great to see everyone excel today."

OSL's next action will be at Des Moines Roosevelt next weekend.

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