Speech & Debate Teams Hits Salt Lake City


CAPITAL: The speech and debate team snaps a pic in front of the Utah State Capitol building in Salt Lake City, UT. The group recently took a trip to the city to learn about the judicial system. “We experienced the diversity of the city compared to where we live,” said senior Priscella Greenwell.

Kylee Dugger, staff writer

The Speech and Debate team had a wonderful opportunity to travel to Salt Lake on Friday the 11th and Saturday the 12th of February. The purpose of the trip was to give the team a chance to sit in on three actual court hearings.

During their time in the city the team talked to important people in the court system. “[I liked] getting to sit down and talk to chief magistrate Pead and learn more about our country,” said senior April Davis. The team got to see how the judges themselves ruled in the court. “It was really cool to see how he (the judge) ruled, his different opinions on things and how he wanted to help people instead of send everybody to prison which was really cool,” said sophomore Maggie Daniels.

The team learned more about the judicial process throughout the trip. “I really liked that we got to go and view actual court cases and see what it was like to be in a court system and see how all the rules work,” said senior Priscilla Greenwell.

The team members got up close as peopless entire lives were decided. “We got to go and watch real live court cases where the judge decided people’s lives basically,” said Daniels.

The team was also exposed to the culture and atmosphere of Salt Lake City during the duration of their trip. “I disliked the tall buildings; we went up to, like, the eighth floor, and I’m terrified of heights!” said Davis.

The team was also given the fun chance to scrimmage with one of the best speech and debate squads in Utah from West High School.

The team will compete at state during the 3rd week of March.