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Gregory, Saenz advance to 101st annual UIL C-X Policy Debate State meet
by Sherri Saenz
Mar 03, 2011 | 2610 views | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend | print
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Three Rivers freshmen Gage Saenz and Tessa Gregory qualified to attend the UIL State Meet in Austin on March 14-15 after winning second place at the District 30-2A Cross-Examination meet on Feb. 9 at Karnes City High School.
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The District 30-2A Cross-Examination meet was held on Feb. 9 at Karnes City High School. The C-X Debate team made up of Three Rivers freshmen Tessa Gregory and Gage Saenz qualified to attend the UIL State Meet in Austin on March 14-15 after winning second place.

Also advancing to the State Meet is the first place team of seniors Matthew Soliz and Kevin Matula of Karnes City. The Three Rivers team of senior Bradley Bellows and junior Megan Haag placed third at the meet and qualify as state alternates.

C-X Policy Debate is a form of research-based speech competition in which a two-person team advocates for and against a resolution that typically calls for policy change by the United States federal government. The 2010-2011 national policy debate topic is:

Resolved: The U.S. federal government should substantially reduce its military and/or police presence in one or more of the following: South Korea, Japan, Afghanistan, Kuwait, Iraq, Turkey. Cross Examination Debate develops important skills such as critical thinking, listening, argument construction, research, note taking and advocacy skills. This type of debate is also regarded as a key source of education on the topic of foreign policy for the youth of America.

The team of Gregory and Saenz have also competed in the Texas Forensics Association circuit and are members of and have competed in the National Forensics League. The NFL is an honorary society that recognizes students in speech and debate, and it is the oldest and largest interscholastic forensic organization. This is the pair’s first year to participate in C-X Policy Debate.

The UIL C-X Policy Debate State Meet is celebrated as the largest high school debate tournament in the nation and is held on the grounds of the University of Texas at Austin. The two will travel to Austin, to compete in this the most prestigious of UIL meets, along with Superintendent Kenneth Rohrbach, debate coach, and Belinda Kopplin.
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