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Continued: Does debate matter? Just ask Blaine High School teacher Ross Eichele

  • Article by: ANNA PRATT , Special to the Star Tribune
  • Last update: April 8, 2014 - 1:52 PM

Q: What’s the biggest challenge in speech and debate? How do you overcome it?

A: I think the most challenging moments for coaches and students are the ones when you’re beat. Sometimes you work hard, give it your all, and you end up being beaten.

It’s never fun. During those points, you have a great danger or opportunity. Sometimes people become bitter and look for excuses. Sometimes people look for things to learn so they can improve. As a coach, you want students to make the second choice. That can be difficult. In those moments, about all you can do is to be there for them.

 

Anna Pratt is a Minneapolis freelance writer. She can be reached at annaprattjournalist@gmail.com.

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