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Seely Haas on school bus safety

IMG_4001Over the past few years, the debate organization at DSHS has been home to several of the best student debaters in Texas.

Junior Seeley Haas is one of the few who has excelled past the expectation by pursuing a state title.

“I’ve done debate since freshman year, and I like it a lot,” Haas said.

This year, Haas debated in the TAPT regional competition. The organization focuses on bus safety, this year’s theme being “#stoponred.”

“You have to write a speech for the competition and memorize it, so I’ve been preparing for this since last semester,” Haas said.

Haas advanced at the regional level last year and placed 3rd overall at the state contest.

“From here on out, I just keep practicing and keep working,” Haas said. “My speech is my main priority right now.”

Haas has held her own in the past few debate contests, competing against kids from all around central Texas.

“She’s competed against students from Del Valle, Round Rock, Lake Travis, Hays, and several other schools,” debate teacher Christy Trussel said.

Although Haas’ achievement is a great feat, the meaning of her speech is extremely important.

“The topic of this year’s speech competition is ‘Stopping on Red,’” Trussel said. “Which addresses the issue of people passing school busses when a flashing red stop sign on the bus signifies the unloading or loading of students.”

Haas took time to explain the dangers of passing school busses while students are exiting or entering the bus, which she addressed in her speech.

“Her speech dealt with the impacts of that. Not only are student’s lives in danger but if we were to lose a child on a school bus, that would have a great impact on the community,” Trussel said.

Haas is in good shape for the upcoming state tournament in April.

“Seeley is a great public speaker. She’s very poised,” said Trussel. “When she speaks, that charisma comes across and people are really confident in what she’s saying.”

Written by Rylee Matousak

Online Editor

Seeley Haas excels in debate

IMG_4001Over the past few years, the debate organization at DSHS has been home to several of the best student debaters in Texas. Junior Seeley Haas is one of the few who have surpassed the expectation by pursuing a state title.

“I’ve done debate since freshman year, and I like it a lot,” Haas said.

This year, Haas debated in the TAPT regional competition. The organization focuses on bus safety, this year’s theme being “#stoponred.”

“You have to write a speech for the competition and memorize it, so I’ve been preparing for this since last semester,” Haas said.

Haas advanced at the regional level last year and placed 3rd overall at the state contest.

“From here on out, I just keep practicing and keep working,” Haas said. “My speech is my main priority right now.”

Haas has held her own in the past few debate contests, competing against kids from all around central Texas.

“She’s competed against students from Del Valle, Round Rock, Lake Travis, Hays, and several other schools,” debate teacher Mrs. Trussel said.

Although Haas’ achievement is a great feat, the meaning of her speech is extremely important.

“The topic of this year’s speech competition is ‘Stopping on Red,’” Trussel said. “Which addresses the issue of people passing school busses when a flashing red stop sign on the bus signifies the unloading or loading of students.”

Haas took time to explain the dangers of passing school busses while students are exiting or entering the bus, which she addressed in her speech.

“Her speech dealt with the impacts of that. Not only are student’s lives in danger, but if we were to lose a child on a school bus, that would have a great impact on the community,”Trussel said.

Haas is in good shape for the upcoming state tournament in April.

“Seeley is a great public speaker. She’s very poised,” said Trussel. “When she speaks, that charisma comes across and people are really confident in what she’s saying.”

Written by Rylee Matousek

Online Editor

Love strikes gold in debate

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After two days of tense debate, DSHS senior Ryan Love won 1st at the 5A State Championship in Congressional Debate on January 13th.

DSHS teacher and debate instructor, Christy Trussell, is very proud of how far her student has come.

“When I first met Ryan, he was a sophomore that was obsessed with triangles and the ‘Illuminati,’” Trussell said. “I like to think we have molded him and shaped him into a much more rational, critical thinker.”

When Love was a novice debater his sophomore year, Trussell began to notice Love’s extraordinary work ethic and dedication.

“Even as a sophomore, he would go home and work on weekends when we didn’t have tournaments and he didn’t need to be working on speech and debate,” Trussell said. “The amount of effort that he put into the class made him stick out.”

Once Love’s potential became apparent, Trussell then began the process of building and shaping the platform Love would begin his debating career on.

“We started to take him to tournaments with the varsity debate team even though he was a novice at the time,” Trussell said. “At the beginning of this year, we focused on beating his own previous records and improving off of them. His hard work and dedication is evidence of how he achieved becoming the State Champion, not just because I witnessed it, but because other students and judges saw that evidence as well.”

Love is grateful to have had such great teachers and mentors throughout his career, especially Trussell.

“She will get in that ring and fight for you,” said Love.

Love says that upon hearing the announcement that he was the State Champion, a sense of enlightenment came upon him because all his efforts were rewarded.

“I was ecstatic and felt that my hard work over the years had paid off,” Love said.

Love is extremely proud looking back on the path he has traveled to get to where he is now.

“Over the three years I’ve been debating, the experiences and memories I have made are amazing,” Love said.

Written by J.T. Dahill

Staff Writer