Bishop Seabury Academy debate program earns return trip to state tournament

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The campus of Bishop Seabury Academy in Lawrence, 4120 Clinton Parkway, is pictured in July 2019.

The debate program at Lawrence’s Bishop Seabury Academy is taking a record number of participants to the state tournament next month, team sponsor Pete Akers said.

The program’s four-speaker team came in third place at the Silver Lake regional held Dec. 20-21, according to the Kansas State High School Activities Association.

Seabury finished behind first-place Concordia High School and second-place Silver Lake High School, and all three qualified for the Class 3-2-1A state tournament, which will be held Jan. 17-18 in Fort Scott.

Along with the four-speaker team, Seabury will be taking three two-speaker teams to compete at the state tournament, Akers said.

Programs may enter two-speaker teams into the state tournament without qualifying through a regional tournament, regardless of whether they have a four-speaker team participating.

“Including the alternates, Seabury will be taking a school-record 12 participants to state,” Akers said in an email to the Journal-World.

Seabury will be able to lean on experience when it competes at the tournament. Last year, the program finished in second place for both the two-speaker and four-speaker state competitions, according to KSHSAA records.

Along with Concordia and Silver Lake, Seabury will face Wichita Collegiate School, The Independent School, Thomas More Prep-Marian High School, Sacred Heart High School, Hoisington High School and Chaparral High School in the four-speaker competition at the Class 3-2-1A tournament.

Seabury is one of three Lawrence debate programs heading to state. Free State High School’s program qualified for the four-speaker competition at the Class 6A state tournament, and Lawrence High School plans to take at least three two-speaker teams to the tournament. The Class 6A tournament will be held Jan. 17-18 in Hutchinson.

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