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Our Debate Team Did It Again

At the recent debate tournament held at Wayne State University on Saturday, May 4th, the Bates Academy Umoja Debate Team once again emerged victorious. The first team, composed of Kennedy Barlow and Jamya Luckett, passionately debated the topic of whether the city of Detroit should transition to exclusively electric vehicles. Meanwhile, the second team, consisting of Raeghen Stinson and Elin Ford, engaged in a thought-provoking discussion on whether the government should prohibit the use of facial recognition technology in public spaces. Lastly, Taylor Ford and Kyndall McNeill, the third team, deliberated on whether the City of Detroit should implement a food grading ordinance.

Their stellar performance earned them a well-deserved first-place trophy, recognizing their exceptional efforts. Additionally, Raeghen Stinson was honored with a Best Speaker award for her outstanding contributions. The team also secured prestigious awards for Best Evidence and Best Strategy. With this latest victory, the team maintains an impressive undefeated record of 3-0.

The debate team at the May tournamentStudent Kennedy Barlow speaking in front of listenersThe debate team discussing ideasStudent Raeghen Stinson debating her topicStudent Kyndall McNeill debating her topicThe debate team receiving their awards