Debate students Keagun Teeter (left) and Emmett Engle (right), as well as assistant debate coach Josh Freking (center) gather at the Lyons debate tournament Oct. 12. Planning and organization was important in between rounds. (C. Cavanaugh)

Many students may not know what debate is, how it works, or what benefits you can have by joining. Debate can help contribute to speaking, posture, and presentation, as well as increasing knowledge of current world events, and is considered by many to be a large contributor to one’s resume.

The way debate works is that it is divided into an affirmative team and a negative team, and is meant to mirror real life policy debate.

The affirmative must advocate for their policy to be passed; the negative must attempt to block it. Each team uses evidence they have gathered and cut down into readable chunks to support their case.

Chase Lansdowne, a sophomore debater, is in his second year of debate. “Debating teaches a lot of life skills that will be useful in life in the topic of opinionation,” said Lansdowne. “I believe these are things that can be important in a variety of career fields, and even in everyday life.”

Brian Weilert, this year’s debate coach, highly recommends students who didn’t sign up do so next year.

“Not only do you learn information, you have to defend information, and not only do you have to do that, but you have to do it with some of the brightest kids in the state,” said Weilert. “The other side of it, just the skills you get which is researching skills. Looking at an issue from both sides, I think that’s important because debate makes you defend (an issue) from both sides, and I think it opens your eyes.”