Sutter debaters win three-state middle school championship

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Debaters and teacher Michael Baradat

A debate team from Sutter Middle School bested 55 other teams from Northern California, Oregon and Washington last Saturday to win the Northwest Region Middle School Public Debate Program Championship.

Coached by Sutter teacher Michael Baradat, the team of Ella Christiansen, Ethan Pham and Emma Johnson won all five preliminary rounds and defeated San Juan Unified’s Churchill Middle School in the finals.

The topic for the final round was: ”Schools should require cameras in the classroom.” The Sutter team scored a unanimous-decision victory.

The qualifying tournament is part of the National Championship Debate Tournament. The Sutter students will be heading to Southern California in June to compete against teams from New York, New Orleans and Huntington Beach for the overall National Championship.

Go Miners!