Nebo students excel in debate

r By Lana Hiskey

Nebo School District’s Hobble Creek Elementary School recently hosted the Elementary Debate Tournament sponsored by the Utah High School Debate Coaches Association. Seventy fifth- and sixth-grade students participated including 60 students from Mapleton, Brockbank and Rees Elementary Schools. The issue debated this year was, “Do the benefits of domestic surveillance by the National Security Agency outweigh the harms?” The following won awards and will have the opportunity to participate in the state debate on April 29.

Speaker Awards: Hobble Creek: Shyler Mecham, Nicole Cragun, Paityn Bird, Emma Compas, Chloe Ekker, Anna Sneddon, Avery Miller, Grace Carter, Brooklyn Asbell, Savanah Butler, Mia Anderson, Ashleigh Mousser, Libby Anderson, Rie Briggs, Ben Wheeler, Jordan Jenkins and Brody Colton. Mapleton: Isaac Woolford, Tate Hickman, Aliya Cook, John Henderson and Isaac Jacobson. Brockbank: Ethan Benson, Saylor Corona, Sarah Mockett, Andrew Fox, Cheyenne Terry, Gentry Wolf, Jesse Shepherd, Kyson Pulham, Peyton ThorperRees: London Leathers, Pieper Duvall and Lizzie Draper.

First Place Affirmative Awards: Andrew Fox and Ethan Benson. Second Place Affirmative Awards: Rie Briggs and Ashleigh Mousser. Third Place Affirmative Awards: Libby Anderson and Ben Wheeler. Fourth Place Affirmative Awards: Peyton Thorpe and Saylor Corona. Fifth Place Affirmative Awards: Pieper Duvall and London Leathers.

First Place Negative Awards: Cheyenne Jensen and Isaac Bryson. Second Place Negative Awards: Styler Mecham and Chloe Esker. Third Place Negative Awards: George Heywood and Ben Hansen. Fourth Place Negative Awards: Bailey Pierce and Hailey Wilson. Fifth Place Negative Awards: Brooklyn Asbell and Avery Miller. First Place Original Oratory Awards: Kate Jones. Second Place Original Oratory: Sarah Mockett.



Chris Baird
Chris Baird
Chris is a family man with a beautiful wife and four kids. Three Girls, One Boy. He enjoys playing basketball, being outdoors, and the old normal.

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