Trip of A&M Consolidated students headed to state for debate skills

A trio of A&M Consolidated HS debaters earned the top three spots at the recent district UIL Congressional Debate meet.

Benjamin Lamb won the district championship, followed by Aabid Razvi in second and Michael Sprintston, who won third. The top three finishers in the district meet advance to the state meet to be held at the Texas State Capitol in Austin in January.

It marks the second straight year AMCHS has swept the top three spots in the UIL Congressional Debate meet. In 2015, Lamb placed second and Razvi placed third in district.

Congressional Debate 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 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 arguments over the course of a session.