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No Debate: Speech is Great

Molly Miller

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Juniors Joey King and Ben Cervelloni bring home 2nd in the state for Duo interpretation, and they aren’t done yet. Along with these two, 22 other students made it to the State Tournament at Berea-Midpark High School and Olmsted Falls High School.

“It feels great,” said King when asked how it felt to come in second in states. “However, to be honest, I never thought we were going to make it this far,” King said.

King better believe it because he and Ben are heading to Nationals in Alabama in June.

“I can’t wait to head down south to represent Ohio,” said King.

One may be wondering how much it takes to be successful in speech and debate, and King has an answer for you: “We practice once or twice a week, that is how we become the best.”

Social Studies teacher Corinne Midlik is in her second year of coaching the speech and debate team, and she loves it. “I did it last year, and I really enjoyed it. I find great pride in watching kids step out of their comfort zone and succeed,” said Midlik.

There are many memorable parts of the season for Midlik, yet one sticks out to her: “At BIGS, a national qualifying tournament, all the kids waiting for the results were playing hacky sack. We also started to get in a sing-off with Solon. It was very entertaining!”

Nationals is a couple months away, but that doesn’t stop the winning duo from practicing: “We try to practice every week,” said King, “That is how we will stay crisp and in top performing condition.”

Even though it was a successful season for the speech and debaters, Midlik expects more next year: “I would like to see some growth in some of the categories. I would also like to see some underclassmen step up into some leadership roles.”

If you are interested debating with other students and learning great leadership qualities, join the speech and debate team for next year!!

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