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DSHS Senior Campbell Melton Places Seventh at State UIL Congress Event

January 20, 2020

Dripping Springs High School senior Campbell Melton placed seventh at the 5A UIL State Congress contest held at the University of Texas and the Texas State Capitol building on Jan. 14-15. Melton was the regional champion in this event and one of over 50 students statewide to qualify. She also placed eighth in the 2019 State UIL Congress event and fourth in the 2019 Persuasive Extemporaneous Speaking event. The first day of Congress state competition comprised of two preliminary rounds. Campbell placed second in her preliminary chamber and advanced to finals with 17 other students.

For almost 14 hours of debate over the two-day event, she debated a wide range of issues including expanding the criteria for asylum protections, regulating e-cigarettes, restricting abortion, immunizing school-age children, barring the sale of U.S. arms to the Philippines, banning ex-congresspersons from lobbying jobs, and regulating cryptocurrency. Congress is an individual contest in a group setting that models the legislative process of the United States Congress. Within this mock legislative assembly competition, contestants draft legislation (proposed laws and position statements) submitted to the tournament, and they research the docket of bills and resolutions dealing with real-world social and political policies prior to the contest to prepare their speeches.