Fifteen members of the Lakehill Debate Team recently attended the YMCA's 67th annual Texas State Youth and Government conference held at the state Capitol in Austin, bringing home top individual and club awards.
Five Lakehill teams participated in State Affairs Forum, a component in which teams take a pro or con stance on a key issue and engage in rounds of legislative debate.All five teams advanced to the second round and three of the teams advanced to the final round.
Lakehill's club was selected as Premiere Delegation at the conference. John Devine was elected State Affairs Forum Chair, a statewide position, and Outstanding Club Delegate.
Gaby Gonzalez and Christian Giadolor were awarded Outstanding Delegates for State Affairs Forum.
Monty McKnight, who participated in the Model UN, authored a resolution on landmines that was passed in the General Assembly.
Sponsor Jamie Thorne stated that she was very proud of her debaters, calling them the "best group we've ever taken to a state conference!" She added, "Everyone participated to the fullest extent."