After a long month of waiting, the first tournament of the season is finally here! The Flying L tournament, hosted by Fort Lauderdale High school, will be the first local tournament to welcome back competitors this season. This past week West Broward speech and debate novices and varsities participated in after school squad practices in each of their events. Although after-school activities were cancelled on Monday, many students showed up on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday to participate in their own squad practices.
Our Lincoln-Douglas squad captain, Mallika Jain, engaged her novices into learning how to properly structure a Lincoln-Douglas case and how to write their own.
Sabrina Lyn, the Extemporaneous speaking squad captain, sat with her novices and explained the speech format they would use either at Flying L or other future tournaments.
A novice Public Forum team sat with their squad captain, Alyssa Cavazos, and went over the basics of Public Forum debate and how to structure their cases to compete this Saturday at Flying L.
At the Interpretation squad practice, squad captains Noah Macdonald and Kayla Baker, along with their assistant captain Alexandra Benedit, encouraged their novices to introduce themselves. After getting to know one another, the captains chose to explain and give examples of each interpretation event, ranging from Humorous Interpreation to Program Oral Interpretation.
Congress captain, Dylan Hall, introduced novices interested in Congressional Debate to the main concepts of the event, such as writing speeches and learning what different congressional procedures mean in a debate setting for upcoming tournaments.
This weekend over 50 team members will compete at Flying L in Fort Lauderdale. With the turnout at this week's squad practices, it is clear that both novices and varsities are ready to start the 2017-2018 competitive season! Go Bobcats!