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Novice Debaters Steal the Show

Emily Mann, Trent Gilbert, Conal Thomas-McGinnis and TJ Foley closed out the semifinal round of novice Lincoln-Douglas debate at the DM Roosevelt tournament – an extremely rare accomplishment.

It’s not often that a debate team closes out the final round of a debate tournament. In order to accomplish that, a team has to advance the top two competitors all the way to the conclusion of the tournament. But Valley novice Lincoln-Douglas debaters accomplished just that at the UNI and Waterloo East tournaments. Not content with that accomplishment, the novice Lincoln-Douglas debaters closed out the semifinal round at DM Roosevelt. The top four debaters were freshman Emily Mann, Western Hills sixth grader Conal Thomas-McGinnis and Indian Hills eighth graders TJ Foley and Trent Gilbert.