Koegel and Arens
place 1st in debate

The Parkers Prairie High School Debate team finished up its regular season last week highlighted by a stellar performance by Katie Koegel  (left) and Matt Arens (right). They competed against thirty one other teams from Brainerd, Grand Rapids, DGF, and St. Francis in the Novice Division- Public Forum and came away undefeated, winning their second first place trophy of the season. Furthermore, they won the Rural Debate League’s Novice Division for the season and brought home the traveling trophy to Parkers Prairie. The Rural Debate League is coalition of the aforementioned schools that provide tournament opportunities for Debate competitors outside the metro area. The Parkers Prairie team showed they belonged this season, the very first for the program.

Other highlights of the past month’s competition included Samantha Koegel becoming the first competitor to compete in the very difficult Lincoln-Douglas Division. This is one on one debate with an emphasis on philosophy. She was very competitive in November and picked up a few wins. Also, Abigail Koep began competing in Varsity Public Forum and showed a lot of promise and is ready to head to Section competition. Leading the team into Section competition on January 9th and 10th is Senior Captain Jack Williams. Jack has been instrumental in getting this program up and running at PPHS and the team is ready to follow him into competition.




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