Carson High School speech and debate students return from nationals |

Carson High School speech and debate students return from nationals

Special to the Nevada Appeal
The Carson High School speech & debate team, from left, Sadie Share, Shaylin Segura, Sandro Figueroa and Shane Morton qualified for the Nationals in Dallas, Texas. Not pictured is team member Jacob Bertocchi.
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Team thanks sponsors

The Carson High School speech and debate team would like to thank all the sponsors and donors who helped cover the cost of the trip. Senator level sponsors who donated $250 or more include: Carson City Lions Club, State Agent and Transfer Syndicate, Lone Mountain Veterinary Clinic, Daniel Spence, Bonnie Bertocchi, Greater Nevada Credit Union, and Carson City Dodge. Representative level supporters who donated between $100, and $249 include: The Sausage Factory, Advanced Spine, John S. Bartlett, Nevada Primary Care, Mason Electric, Kadee Mason Agency, The Law Offices of Allison Mackenzie, Rupert’s Precision Gem Cutting, Greenhouse Garden Center Gregory John Treece, and McDonalds. Assemblyman level supports who donated up to $99 include: Mark A Marsh, Purple Avocado, Tumbleweed for Kids, In Plain Sight Marketing, and SM Rafter LLC. The team also thanks everyone who contributed to its Indiegogo and GoFundMe accounts, as well as Bully’s Sports Bar and Sassafras for hosting fundraiser events.

Carson High School students recently returned from the National Speech and Debate Tournament, a week-long tournament in Dallas that brought about 3,000 students in competition in 10 main events. Carson High students competed in six rounds of competition and 14 hours of Congressional debate in their events.

“I loved competing with all of the greatest debaters from all over the nation, learning about how they speak, practice, write, and present their cases and what I can improve on to compete at the highest level,” said Shaylin Segura, who will be a junior this year.

Segura competed in Lincoln Douglas debate and won four judge ballots during the competition. Her teammate, Allesandro Figueroa, competed in Congressional Debate with a wide range of topics from foreign aid to a national sick day. Figueroa called the trip, “An amazing experience, which I will never forget. The week spent in Dallas was truly a valuable gem, which significantly advanced my debate skill set. The trip made me excited for next season, where I hope to cross apply many techniques I learned.”

Coach Patrick Mobley received his first diamond award during the tournament.

“Being on the stage with the national trophies was very exciting, and the moment was even better as several Nevada coaches were recognized,” Mobley said.

Once the competition was done for Carson, the team watched elimination rounds and judged the middle school national tournament. The team also visited the sixth floor museum, the Perot Science Museum, and the Dallas Holocaust Museum.