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DSHS Graduate Places Fourth at National Speech and Debate Tournament

June 21, 2021


KaiserRecent Dripping Springs High School graduate Jackson Kaiser captured a fourth-place finish in Extemporaneous Debate at the virtual National Speech and Debate Tournament.


Kaiser was one of 752 competitors in the event, finishing one round shy of the finals. In Extemporaneous Debate, students are given approximately 45 minutes to prepare a case based on an impromptu topic.






A few of the topics debated included:

  • Resolved: The rise of celebrities from the entertainment industry running for executive office does more harm than good
  • Resolved: The rise of Chinese economic development in Africa has more advantages than disadvantages
  • Resolved: The U.S. Senate should amend Rule 22 so that the number of votes required to invoke cloture on any debate is 51
  • Resolved: The coup in Myanmar is the greatest threat to stability in Southeast Asia
  • Resolved: Major sporting events held in countries associated with civil and human rights abuses should be boycotted

Kaiser was also part of the DSHS World Schools Debate team that placed in the top 16 at the national tournament, competing against nearly 220 teams from across the United States, China, Taiwan, and Canada. Joining Kaiser on the team were Katherine Mihaly, Lizzie Galassini, Daniel Hearne, and Brett Banks.