McPherson High School’s debate team got a chance to speak and size up some other competitors from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Tuesday during the Annual High School Debate Exhibitions at the Kansas State Fair in Hutchinson.

  Nearly 700 high school students were in attendance at the Kansas Wesleyan University-sponsored event in Hansen Auditorium in the Encampment Building, said Gary Harman Kansas Weslyan’s debate coach. 

  The debates were not a tournament, but a chance for the students to watch, learn and become more familiar with this year’s topic: “Resolved: The United States federal government should substantially reduce its restrictions on legal immigration to the United States.”

   “I thought it went really, really well. It was a good instructional debate especially for my novices,” said Aaron Schopper McPherson High School’s coach.

   “I hope our newcomers, our novices get a lot out of it... and really come out swinging. They seem to have a lot of strong passion. We have a young varsity team, but they are really, really dedicated.

    The team’s first competition will be this Saturday at the Halstead Dragon Debate Invitational.