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AISD Sends Six to State in Congressional Debate

Cooper High School’s Hayden Naizer finished 10th in the state to lead Abilene ISD qualifiers who competed Jan. 9 – 11 at the UIL Congressional Debate State Tournament in Austin.

Six AISD students won berths to state in November with winning performances on the district level: Morgan Matthews of ATEMS, Brianna Royals and Makayne Favor of Abilene High, and Sammy Guadarrama, Nate Harden and Nazier of Cooper High. Nazier was the lone AISD student to qualify for the finals at the state tournament.

This is the 4th year that Congressional debate has been offered through UIL. This event asks the students to research needs, create legislation and debate a docket of 30 chosen bills. Competitors are in a room of 18 students in which they speak on behalf of each bill, openly face questions on their stance, and question others on their respective positions. The process requires stamina (three-hour sessions), an understanding of a wide range of topics and the fortitude to present themselves well.

The ATEMS team is coached by Jera Bunton. Seth Pietsek coaches both the Abilene High and Cooper High teams.