UIL Debate competes virtually in first meet

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Tiffany Beck

Phone. Zoom Meet. Face to face competition. Debate can be done in almost any form, which is especially beneficial this fall due to COVID. 

Saturday, Oct. 3, the debate team tackled their first invitational virtual debate competition, which had no placements.

“Debate can be pretty brutal, no matter how you do it,” new UIL Debate coach Ms. Holly Willmon said. “Even though we had some technical difficulties and nerves, it went very well. I tell my students that it’s alright to be scared, but what matters is that they’re putting themselves out there and being prepared for the real world.”

Ms. Willmon has taken the role as coach hoping to help her students be successful not only at meets, but also in life.

“I want to make sure they can defend themselves later in life in a coherent way,” Ms. Willmon said. “After they compete, they can sit and think about what they’ve learned and how they can apply that later on in different contexts.”