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GBHS Debate Team competes in Hutchinson
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Pictured front row: Courtney Seever, Mickie McNett, Nate Cheney, Michael Gieck, Kary Garcia and back row: Spencer Johnson, Chris Snow, Paige Vansteenburgh, Nathan Stoulil and Coach Barbara Watson

The Great Bend High School Debate Team competed in their first Debate Tournament at Hutchinson High School, for a two day tournament and brought home five awards. They took three novice teams consisting of Chris Snow, Paige VanSteenburgh, Spencer Johnson, Kary Garcia, Nathanial Cheney, and Brianna Earegood. All did extremely well and most ended up with a winning record. Snow and VanSteenburgh ended the weekend with a 3-2 win-loss record. Johnson and Garcia finished with a 1-4 and Johnson also received 7th over all speaker in Novice Division. Cheney had to compete mavrick, or on his own, on the second day because of unforeseen circumstances and still ended with a 3-2 record. In Junior Varsity Division first year Nathan Stoulil, and Sophomores Courtney Seever, Micheal Gieck, and Mickie McNett competed. Stoulil and Seever completed the tournament with a 2-3 record and Seever brought home the third place speaker award out of all Junior Varsity Division. Gieck and McNett broke in to quarter finals and ended the tournament with two medals and a plaque to remember the tournament victory by. Gieck said, “For the first tournament of the year it was fun, yet at the same time very competitive. Just glad we broke into quarter finals.