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GBHS debate teams continue to place
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Great Bend High School debaters Sawyer Borror and Chase Pumford won eighth place out of 53 teams at the Dana Hensly Debate Invitational Tournament, hosted by both Wichita Collegiate and Wichita Independent schools, on Saturday Nov. 6. - photo by COURTESY PHOTO

WICHITA – The Great Bend High School debate team competed at the third-annual Dana Hensly Debate Invitational Tournament, hosted by both Wichita Collegiate and Wichita Independent schools, on Saturday Nov. 6 at Wichita.

"All individual teams competed to the best of their ability and came out having learned a lot," said coach Barbara Watson.

In the varsity open division, third year debater Sawyer Borror and second year debater Chase Pumford won eighth place out of 53 teams with 22 speaker points and a win-lost record of 4-1.

"I thought they did very well. They competed against several other teams that placed," Watson said. Brittany Krieger competed in her first open tournament with partner Alex Smith, and Logan Boyd competed as well in this division with partner Courtney Seever. Trina Schlotthauer and Michael Gieck competed in novice division and though not placing, they came out with a lot of experience.

"All students competing in the tournament did their very best and signed up for this tournament knowing it would be competitive and many also signed up for a division above their years of experience," Watson said. "I was very proud of them."