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Taking The Cake at UIL State Debate Competition

Mia Reaugh
Juniors Paari Palani and David Wise bring home the first debate state championship.

Juniors Paari Palani and David Wise took home first place medals from the UIL State Debate Competition March 16, making them this year’s 5A CX Debate State Champions. In addition to placing first, Palani also received a speaker award and the juniors were undefeated in the preliminary rounds.

“Overall it was an exciting experience, and it was fun to compete against some pretty good teams,” Palani said. “Although I was a little nervous, our performance last year (fifth place) made me hopeful that we would do well this year.”

The juniors did especially well considering their event, policy debate, is one of the ‘toughest, most complicated events in competitive debate,’ according to Jonathan Albor and Maribeth Harlow’s Introduction to UIL Speech and Debate. This year’s topic focused on fiscal redistribution. 

“The event essentially operates as a two vs two debate, where the terms of the debate are centered around a topic chosen at the beginning of the year,” Wise said. “You can debate either side (affirmative or negative), but your side is chosen before the round.”

Both competitors have been participating in debate since their freshman year and show much appreciation for the activity. 

“Debate is a great activity and I would recommend everyone to try it out because it really changes the way you think and the way that you are able to convey your thoughts to others,” Palani said. 

In addition to first place medals, Palani and Wise’s teacher, Mrs. Morrison Tuason, offers her praise for their outstanding performance. 

“Paari and David have shown tremendous growth over the past year,” Tuason said. “Their desire for debate wins has surpassed their desire for infamy, and the Austin win proved that they are at the top of their game!”

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Lyn Jones is a sophomore and this is her first year on staff at TRL. Jones loves receiving interesting story assignments, helping out with media/design, and getting to contribute her photography. She has a passion for activism and aspires to become a journalist one day. Outside of school, Jones enjoys spending time with her family, creating content for her website and social media accounts, and going out with her friends. She is very excited to be a part of the team and cannot wait to see what the next few years on staff will bring!
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Going into her junior year of high school and third year on staff, Mia Reaugh is ecstatic to start the year as Editor-In-Chief with her partner in crime, Campbell Lester. Outside the classroom you can find Reaugh running at Celebration park, binge-watching the latest reality TV show, waiting in line at Smoothie King or hanging out with her awesome friends (shoutout Pink PJs). Reaugh loves all things competitive! She runs track for Lovejoy and got second place in the 4x400 with her best friends/teammates at state this past spring. Reaugh’s favorite things consist of: Powerade, Zach Bryan, sunsets, Armor Coffee, Taylor Swift and Hoka running shoes. If you have any movie, song or book recommendations, don't be afraid to tell her. Reaugh hopes this year doesn’t fit into the horrible junior year stereotype and is able to accomplish her hefty goals.

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