Alistair Tollar (grade 12) and Reesha Bhagat (grade 9) qualified for national at district debate tournaments on Jan. 12 and 18. Alistair placed second in the Congressional House, while Reesha placed second in Lincoln-Douglas debate. Aaron Yeakey also advances to nationals, qualifying as an alternate (placing fourth) in Senate. They will compete at the National Speech and Debate Tournament in Dallas, June 16-21, 2019.

Tollar and Bhagat are the third and fourth Bethany students to advance to nationals directly--the others being Lena Yeaky (2015) and Eljiah Lora (2016). Also advancing to nationals in World School Debate by election of coaches have been Hannah Yeakey (2017), Philip Krabill (2018), and Alex Cartwright (2018).

Three Bethany debaters will serve alternates to the 2019 nationals in Congressional Debate as a result of the performance on Jan. 12: junior Christian Yoder, second alternate in House (sixth place overall), and senior Philip Krabill as first alternate (third place) in Senate. And serving as an alternate in Lincoln-Douglas is sophomore Jack Hager. Alternates will advance to nationals in the event a national qualifer is unable to compete.

Other honors at the Jan. 12 tournament: Yeakey was voted President of the Senate (presiding officer). Zana Mlotshwa advanced to the Super House final round but did not place. At the Jan. 18 tournament, Erika Lopez finished fifth in Lincoln-Dougas debate.

Pictured in photo at right are Krabill, Tollar, Yeakey, and Yoder. Pictured below are Lopez, Hager, and Bhagat.