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Region 7 schools to compete in pilot UIL Congressional debate Monday

Region 7 schools to compete in pilot UIL Congressional debate Monday
Friday, November 8, 2013 - 5:29pm

More than 100 students from over 20 schools in Region 7 will participate in a new mock legislative assembly competition Monday, Nov. 11 starting at 9:00 a.m. at the Region 7 Education Service Center located at 1909 N. Longview Street in Kilgore.

The contest, titled Congress, models the democratic legislative process and is being piloted this year by the University Interscholastic League (UIL). Contestants have been preparing for the Congressional District competition since September by reviewing and researching pre-prepared legislation dealing with real-world social and political policies provided by the UIL.

At Monday’s competition, students will assemble in committees to debate the bills and resolutions provided in the state-assigned docket and vote to pass or defeat the examined measures. Student speeches will follow parliamentary procedure throughout a three- to four-hour Congressional session, and students will be challenged to offer unprepared responses to others’ arguments over the course of the session.

Contestants will be evaluated by a panel of judges based on their research and analysis of issues, argumentation, skill in asking and answering questions, use of parliamentary procedure, and clarity and fluency of speaking. The top three winners from each conference (1A-5A) will receive a framed certificate and advance to the state competition being held January 7-8, 2014 in Austin.

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