To qualify for the national tournament, Jack competed in Congressional Debate at the Arkansas district tournament in April and scored high enough during his two rounds of debate to qualify for the national tournament.
The tournament will be held in Dallas, Texas in June.
Jack is a member of the CHS Wampus Cat Forensics team, which just finished its second year of existence and competition at Conway High School. The team is coached by Oral Communications teacher Mrs. Casey Griffith.
"Jack is a fierce competitor," says Griffith. "This was his first year for debate, so he picked it up quickly and worked hard to qualify for both the Tournament of Champions and the National tournaments."
To compete in Congressional debate, students generate a series of bills and resolutions, a simulation of the U.S. legislative process. Debaters (also referred to as Senators and Representatives) alternate delivering speeches for and against the topic in a group setting. Students are assessed on their research, argumentation, and delivery skills, as well as their knowledge and use of parliamentary procedure.