Valley Debaters Win State Title

For the first time since 2008, the Valley debate team won the IHSSA State Debate Tournament. The tournament featured competition in policy, Lincoln-Douglas, Public Forum and Congressional debate. Valley students excelled in all four events and won the overall team sweepstakes by 15 points.

In Lincoln-Douglas debate, senior Lucy Korsakov placed second, senior Nanticha Lutt and junior Jason Smith placed third and fourth, while sophomores Grady Stein and Gina Scorpiniti placed fifth and sixth. In Public Forum debate, the team of junior Carolyn Hoemann and sophomore Lexy Takla were in quarterfinals. In student congress, freshman John Anthony Danos, at his first congressional debate ever, advanced to the consolation round and won Valley’s first Student Congress state medal in five years. Congratulations to all!