This has been our whole week. After watching friends (Hi, Di! Totally miss you this year!!!) debate for the last couple years, we finally threw our hat into the ring this year. The Teen signed up for Team Policy and Novice Impromptu. Long story short (leaving a little family history here): Teen's partner needed to pull out of debate back in January. At the proverbial 11th hour, our coach and another team's coach were able to pair up the Teen and a new partner. They both fearlessly jumped into the new partnership and are both debating in their first tournament this week at Concordia. So very many talented students at this speech/debate tourney. It kinda gives one hope for the future :-).
We just received word that the Teen "broke" into quarter finals in his Novice Impromptu speech category. It was the first time he'd ever given Impromptu speeches. We're thrilled!