MHS Policy Debaters place second, third at Okoboji Invite

Front (L to R): Keyana Vasquez, Becky Schwartzenburg, Natalie Kueny, Maria Vasquez, Kade Vopava. Back (L to R): Kierra Carbajal, Aaron Livingston and Tim Counts, Coach Brian Bown.

The Marshalltown High School Policy Debate Team had its most successful tournament to date recently, with two Bobcat teams taking second and third place at the Okoboji Invitational.

The debaters competed in Spirit Lake Dec. 2-3. Juniors Tim Counts and Aaron Livingston advanced to the championship against Des Moines Roosevelt and came away with a second place trophy. The freshman team of Kade Vopava and Keyana Vasques took third.

This weekend the debaters travel to Des Moines for the Dowling Catholic Paradigm Debate Tournament.

“They are going from the frying pan into the fire this weekend,” Coach Brian Bown said. “Dowling is one of the tournaments on the national debate circuit. If we want to go where we want to go in the future we need to get used to tournaments like Dowling. Okoboji was fun. Now it’s time to get serious.”

Marshalltown will finish December with a tournament at Des Moines Lincoln Dec. 17 before the state tournament in January. The National Forensic League District 31 tournament in February qualifies teams for the NFL National Tournament to be held in Indianapolis this summer.