The Pell City High School Debate Team completed its season ranked number one in the Birmingham Area Debate League. Pell City debated two topics this year: one, the United States federal government should prohibit the use of animals for entertainment purposes; two, Alabama should ban the ability to conceal carry a firearm.
Rachael Tawbush is a Science teacher and the debate team coach at Pell City.
"It is important to note that the students prepared a six-minute speech, which included three justifications with statistics to back up their arguments for each side of the debate," Tawbush said. "The students debated in four tournaments this year, in which the teams have had to debate both the Affirmative and Negative sides of the topic in two separate rounds of Lincoln-Douglas style debates at Samford University in Birmingham."
The PCHS Debate Team defeated numerous schools throughout the season in order to maintain their ranking in the league. Tawbush said some of the schools they defeated were Gardendale High School, Pleasant Grove High School, Pinson High School, and Hewitt-Trussville High School.
Pell City also had three individual speakers in the top-10 Individual Speakers for the entire Birmingham area. Shelby Savage was 4th; Katie Wills was 6th; and Carson Bruce was 7th.
Members of the Pell City Debate Team were Bradley Bricker, Carson Bruce, Blyss Burns, Jasmine Davis, Michele Guthrie, Keara Kelley, Kylie Kerr, Randy McCoy, Breonna Oden, Paige Sandheinrich, Shelby Savage, Brandon Turner, Brennan Turner, Rolanda Turner and Katie Wills.
"These students have represented Pell City High School and the Pell City community with the utmost dignity, class and respect," Tawbush said. "They put forth a lot of hard work and dedication. I also want to thank all of those who reached out from the community to help our debate team."