Brockbank's Debate Teams Go to State!

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Thursday, April 26, ten Brockbank Elementary students represented their school in the Utah State Elementary Debate Tournament held at Hillcrest High School in Midvale. Students spent months and months preparing and reseaching for this opportunity. These ten students earned the right to go to state by debating and placing earlier in the year at the District Debate Tournament.They have worked in partnerships preparing arguments for either the affirmative or the negative. All elementary students statewide receive the same topic. This year the topic was, "Resolved: That the State of Utah should provide incentives to increase the consumption of locally produced foods as a means to reduce energy use and improve air quality." More than fifty teams from all over Utah came to this tournament. Makaylee Bryson and Brooke Sorensen took fifth place overall arguing for the negative. They received a medal for placing in the top five and were also awarded a medal for getting High Speaker Points. All of the Brockbank students received an excellent rating from the judges, just barely not placing. Faculty advisor, Mrs. Kristel Peterson said, "I am very proud of all the students for their progress and all their hard work. They all did terrific!" A huge thank you to Mrs. Peterson, who worked endless hours preparing the students. We would also like to thank all of the parents, but especially Sherry Bryson and Rebecca Jensen, parent volunteers, who did so much in helping the students and Mrs. Peterson get ready for this tournament.