On Wednesday, November 15th the East Chambers Congress Debate team competed in the Regional Congress Meet in Austin. Congress is an individual contest in a large group setting. It models the legislative process of democracy, specifically, the United States Congress. Within this mock legislative assembly competition, contestants draft legislation (proposed laws and position statements) submitted to the tournament, and they research the docket of bills and resolutions dealing with real-world social and political policies prior to the contest to prepare their speeches. At the tournament, students caucus in committees, deliver formal discourse on the merits and disadvantages of each piece of legislation, and vote to pass or defeat the measures they have examined. Parliamentary procedure forms structure for the discourse, and students extemporaneously respond to others’ arguments over the course of a session.
Senior Stephanie Aguirre placed 1st in the competition and Senior Morgan Shiflett placed 3rd. Both of these talented ladies will be attending the State Congress Meet in January at the Capitol in Austin. Students from across the state will receive the honor of debating their legislation in the very chambers where our State Legislators conduct their business for the state of Texas. Mrs. Denise Pattison and Mrs. Melissa Long sponsor the team. Congratulations to these ladies for upholding the long standing tradition of excellence in Academic UIL competition.