Bibeau Is State Champion; Two Other Qualifiers Place
May 31, 2019
At the 5A UIL State Championship May 29-30, Dripping Springs High School senior Max Bibeau won the state title in Persuasive Extemporaneous Speaking. This was his second time to be a state finalist in that event; last year he placed sixth. Junior Campbell Melton was a state finalist in the same event, placing fourth. Junior Addie Mae Villas placed fifth overall in Lincoln Douglas Debate, barely missing a chance to advance to semifinals. Only the top 12 students in the state qualify for the state tournament.
In Persuasive Extemporaneous Speaking, students are given 30 minutes to prepare a seven-minute speech. They draw five current events related questions from an envelope and choose one to use for their speech. Students reference articles from newspapers and magazines to use in their speeches. At the state tournament, there is one preliminary round and one final round. Max's topic in the final round was whether the U.S. is headed for a recession. Campbell's topic was whether the U.S. and Iran are headed toward a conflict.
Lincoln Douglas is a one-on-one debate format where students debate about values. The Lincoln Douglas topic this year was “Resolved: On balance, artificial intelligence improves humanity.”