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How are we doing activities: Speech, Debate teams still going strong in the midst of COVID-19

This year has been a challenge for everyone, requiring a great deal of flexibility, strength and creativity in order to be successful this school year. Thankfully, the Burnsville High School (BHS) Speech and Debate students have all of those qualities in abundance!

Prior to transitioning to Distance Learning, the coaches and students committed to adhering to a diligent and science-based COVID plan. With health and safety guidelines in place, the students were able to still gather and practice as a team. They even competed each weekend in tournaments, bringing home shiny, new hardware for the BHS trophy case.

The bond that the team shares is the cornerstone of the success they’ve seen in the past, and this year is no different. They continue to build each other up, instilling a lasting impact on this activity and their school. They act with integrity in the face of a pandemic, striving forward with passion, zest and courage into the unknown. The students continue to blaze ahead and bring excellence to the school and their community.

While COVID-19 is a challenge to us all, the team has been able to overcome adversity and come together in unity to compete in the activities they love.

As District 191 transitions to Distance Learning, the students will be able to join practice virtually. Tournaments for Debate are all virtual, conducted through a website called Tabroom. Speech tournaments will begin in January, which will most likely be held virtually as well. 

Even in the uncertainty that lies ahead, Debate coach Derek Tano and Speech coach Katherine Rider are excited to continue their season and see what exciting adventures the rest of the school year brings for them and their team! 

Posted: Tuesday, November 24, 2020 - 13:13