Aspen High debaters making their case |

Aspen High debaters making their case

Dear Editor:

The Aspen High School speech and debate team is proud to announce that three of our members have qualified for high school speech and debate nationals!

The National Speech and Debate Tournament, hosted by the National Forensics League (yes, the “real” NFL), is an annual gathering with and competition between the greatest high school debaters and speakers in the United States occurring from June 13-18, 2011.

As far as our research indicates, no other students in the history of Aspen High School have ever achieved such an honor. Luke Sullivan and Keillor Wright, a junior and a sophomore respectively, qualified in cross-examination (or policy) debate, and will be debating the topic, “Resolved: The U.S. federal government should substantially reduce its military and/or police presence in one or more of the following countries – Afghanistan, Iraq, Kuwait, South Korea, Japan and Turkey.”

Aspen HS junior Matteo Garofalo qualified in international extemporaneous speaking. All three will be traveling to Dallas in June to tackle the best high school speech and debate competition our nation can offer and to develop skills we will undoubtedly use often in our future careers.

Seven AHS speech and debate team members also represented Aspen HS at the Colorado High School Activities Association State Speech and Debate tournament in March – the first group from Aspen High School to attend since the early 1980s. This is the most successful year the speech and debate team has yet seen in its history, and so we felt compelled to share this news with the community which has so lovingly raised us and supported us.

We will debate to the fullest of our power to uphold our honor and that of our school and our community.

Matteo Garofalo, Keillor Wright and Luke Sullivan

Members, AHS debate team

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