Students compete in state debate tournament

Stonewall Jackson High School students Brooke Jones, left, and Lindsay Zirkle, right, discuss proposed legislation at the Super Region Student Congress. Courtesy photo

Stonewall Jackson High School junior Lindsay Zirkle has advanced to the Virginia High School League’s state debate tournament, where she will compete in the Student Congress event.

Zirkle placed third in the region competition and fourth in the Super Region competition, a placement that advanced her to the state level. The state debate tournament, including Student Congress, Lincoln/Douglas Debate and Policy Debate, will be held April 20-21 at Randolph Macon College in Ashland.

Student Congress is a ‘mock’ Congress where student “senators” present bills or resolutions that may center on international, domestic, economic or Virginia-related issues.

Zirkle has submitted Domestic Bill 1234 to create an alliance with Canadian law enforcement and align border procedures.

In addition to Zirkle, the school’s debate team includes senior Brooke Dinges and freshman Brooke Jones. Both students finished in the Top 12 in the Region category, qualifying them for the Super Region competition. Dinges was not able to compete in the Super Region event, and Jones competed but did not advance.

The students’ coach is Sam Gesford, an English teacher at North Fork Middle School.