MANHATTAN (WIBW) -- Five Manhattan High School students have qualified to compete in the National Speech and Debate Tournament this month.
Manhattan Juniors Trinity Brockman and Tanya Singh will join Freshman Sam Delong, who've qualified to attend Nationals in Congressional Debate. This event could be described as a sort of "Mock Congress." Students work to collaborate on and debate over the merits of proposed pieces of legislation in the same manner Congress would.
Freshman Ryan Ward will be competing in Humorous Interpretation. He has found, memorized, and adapted a script that he performs solo with the objective of entertaining his audience.
Junior Will Bannister was elected and accepted by the Flint Hills Debate/Forensics community to be one of 10 students representing us in "World Schools Debate." 2 teams of 5 students from the schools in the Flint Hills Competitive District will competing in this event. They will be debating over a range of topics. The National Competition has not yet released the topics he will be debating.
The National Speech & Debate Tournament is the week of June 16th-21st in Dallas, Texas. The website notes this is "the largest academic competition in the world."
The Manhattan High School team is coached by Mac Phrommany with assistance from Angel Zelazny, Madi Sawyer, Trevor Bashaw, Karly Kinsey, and Nathan McClendon.