Canon Cavanaugh, fr., at Buhler High School. (photo by Lindsay Warner)

The debate nation shares one question: Should the U.S. substantially reduce commercial and or foreign military sales of arms from the U.S.?

Stepping up to the podium as nerves fill the air, Canon Cavanaugh, fr., gets ready to take the show. Being a first year debater can be intimidating on its own, but he doesn’t let this stop him from success. Cavanaugh has worked very hard and is now on his way to State as a freshman!

Even though he only signed up for something to do, Cavanaugh has made quite an impact on the debate team this year.

“I just joined the class because I didn’t really know what it was about and I had to fill out the sheet. I never imagined I would get this far,” he said.

He plans on continuing debate all through high school if possible.

“My drive is my ego,” he joked. “(My drive) is that I want to do well for my partner and for the debate team as a whole. Everyone is super cool and nice and I don’t want to let them down,” Cavanaugh said.

He has enjoyed debate so much that he is even considering forensics as the school year continues. According to Cavanaugh, having Mr. Weilert as a coach pushes him to do forensics, expanding his debate career in different ways.

Cavanaugh has impressed his coach and his teammates with his skills.

“I think it’s awesome (that he’s going to State as a freshman),” said teammate Adam Perrone, fr.

Cavanaugh enjoys debate because “of the educational aspect; it makes me feel like I’m really doing something to the best of my ability and critically thinking and overcoming challenges.”

Cavanaugh’s ability to compose and present an argument is outstanding and has led him to where he is now.

“I didn’t really have an inspiration, but our coach is very passionate and engaged with us which makes debating even more enjoyable. So I’d say if I had to choose someone who’s kept me going, it would be him.”