Osky Students Stand Out in IHSSA State Debate Tournament

OSKALOOSA, IA — Oskaloosa High School senior Elliot Nelson took home first place in the Student Congress category at the recent Iowa High School Speech Association State Debate Championship.

OHS made a competitive showing at the event, held January 6-7. They debated across the categories of Lincoln Douglas, Policy, Public Forum, and Student Congress. Four OHS students debated in Student Congress, facing 86 competitors.

As first-time attendees, OHS students Megan Vos and Madi Chamberlin made a strong showing of their speaking skills. Abby Lindgren placed in the top 10 of the top house.

“We would like to extend our congratulations to Elliot and all our debate students on this tremendous accomplishment,” said Mike Fisher, Superintendent. “We are incredibly proud of all our students, who had the courage to display their speaking skills amongst the top student speakers in Iowa. Successful debate requires countless hours of practice and commitment. Our OHS students performed and persevered, taking home two top-10 finishes.”

The full list of the 2023 IHSSA State Debate results can be found at IHSSA’s website: https://www.ihssa.org/news/press-releases/21/ihssa-state-debate-results/.

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