The Robert E. Lee High School Debate Team recently competed in the UIL District Cross-Examination (CX) competition where they earned team spots in the 2017 State UIL CX meet taking place March 17 and 18 in Austin.
Two REL CX teams competed against 10 other teams from John Tyler High School, Rockwall, North Mesquite, Longview and Mesquite high schools. Although Rockwall took the top spot, the REL CX team of Alexander Wick and Cameron Escalante finished in second place and the team of William Johnson and Michael Foley finished in third place (first alternate to State). Due to previous commitments, Wick and Escalante are unable to compete at the State meet, so Johnson and Foley have officially filled the number two slot.
“I am really proud of my students and their accomplishments during this Cross-Examination Debate season,” sponsor Amy Clemens said. “They will represent Robert E. Lee and Tyler well at the UIL CX Debate State Meet in Austin.”
The purpose of the CX contest is to train students to analyze a problem, conduct thorough and relevant research, and utilize principles of argumentation and advocacy in orally presenting the most effective case for or against a given proposition. Each round includes approximately 90 minutes of oral arguments in a structured format debating a policy resolution provided on the UIL website. Each two-member team shall argue the affirmative as well as the negative side of the resolution.
The 2016-17 CX Debate topic was: The United States federal government should substantially increase its economic and/or diplomatic engagement with the People’s Republic of China.