Tonganoxie — After two days of successful argument, the Tonganoxie High School debate squad ate a big ice cream sundae with lots of cherries on top.
The treat was to celebrate several victories scored at last weekend's state debate tournament held at Lawrence High School.
Tonganoxie senior debaters Carl Folsom and Mark Dean won the first-place, two-speaker, 4A debate trophy. It was the first state championship ever garnered by the school since it began a debate program eight years ago.
"We had a metaphor for the successes we've had this year," said debate coach Steve Harrel. "They were sweet like an ice-cream sundae. Qualifying for nationals was the whipped cream on the sundae. The state championship was the cherry on top."
So after the tournament ended Saturday night, the squad went to a Lawrence restaurant and celebrated with a large sundae. Enough cherries were tossed on top for everyone.
In the classroom that debaters call, "the cave," there now rests a bottle of cherries, a memento of the team's accomplishments.
Other Tonganoxie debaters also did well at the tournament. Jessica Sturgeon and Jacob Mahoney won third in the two-speaker category. Josh Hagg and Michael Moss took fourth. Nasi Burnett, Phillip Shaw, David Reed and Jeff Clinger took third place in the four-speaker debates.
Friday, the team that earned the school its first state championship since the 1991 cross-country team will be honored during the basketball game in the school gymnasium. Tonganoxie plays Leavenworth Immaculata at home.
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