The Muscatine High School Speech and Debate team kicked off their 2016-2017 competition season with an appearance at a congressional debate held at Des Moines Roosevelt on October 15. In total, 46 students from across the state competed.

According to MHS coach David Schrock, the students were broken into three houses of 15 members each (one house had 16 members). Each group competed in two rounds, with the top five from each round heading to the finals.

While the MHS students did not place to finals, Schrock was very proud of each of the participants. “Out of all of our kids, we did extremely well for taking novices! Novice Abbie Haller took 13th out of 46. Jeremiah Daniels took 14th out of 46. Novice Kevin Aguilar was two spots away from breaking to finals. Wyatt Foor was one spot away from breaking to finals, and novice Madi Anderson was two spots away from breaking into finals. Novice Daniel Salazar was three spots away.”

Schrock, who has coached for several years and took five freshmen to Speech and Debate Nationals last summer, is very optimistic about the upcoming year. “This is a great group. We are excited to see where they go.”

The group competed in their second competition at Des Moines North. Results of that competition can be found at voiceofmuscatine.com.