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GBHS debate team competes at Liberal
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Pictured are members of the Great Bend High School debate team. In the front row are Nate Cheney and Chris Snow. In the middle row are Paige VanSteenburgh, Sylvia Ofoma, Marissa Hoisington, Morgan Francis and Kary Garcia. In the back row are coach Barbara Watson, Michael Gieck, Alex Smith and Mickie McNett. - photo by COURTESY PHOTO

LIBERAL – On Oct. 29, the Great Bend High School debate team traveled to Liberal for the Halloween Debate Tournament.
In Novice Division, Nathaniel Cheney and Christopher Snow finished with a 4-1 win-loss record, placing fifth. Morgan Francis and Kary Garcia also competed, finishing with a 2-3 win-loss record. “It was difficult, but I’m proud I placed,” Said Snow.
In Open Varsity Division, Michael Gieck and Mickie McNett, Marissa Hoisington and Alex Smith, and Sylvia Ofoma and Paige Vansteenburg all finished with 3-2 win-loss records. “For the fifth tournament of the season, it’s getting easier and easier every tournament,” said Vansteenburg.
The team placed third overall in sweepstakes.
“Almost everyone had a winning record and I thought they all did very well,” said GBHS debate coach Barbara Watson. “I also thought it was neat that almost everyone dressed up in Halloween costumes for the tournament. It was a fun tournament.”