The WyCo Youth Policy Debate will take place from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday, May 12, at Kansas City Kansas Community College, Upper Jewell building, 7250 State Ave.
Sponsored annually by State Sen. David Haley, D-4th Dist., the annual debate is open to students attending Harmon, Schlagle, Washington and Wyandotte high schools, Sumner Academy and College Gateway program.
It is the seventh annual event. Sen. Haley started the event in 2012 as a way to encourage political awareness and active citizenry in Wyandotte County youth. In the event, young adults will have an opportunity to think on their feet and be heard by a community audience about current events.
Experience is not required for students to participate. Students may sign up as experienced or beginner and can debate single or duo.
Topics will be given before the event, with preparation time allowed before the debates.
Two rounds of extemporaneous debates will be held in each division. Single debaters will be allowed here minutes while duos will have four minutes. There will be no rebuttals or cross-examination, no files or evidence required. Memorization will not be required.
Members of the community will serve as judges and will determine who advances to the second round. Cash prizes will be awarded to the winners of the second round from each division.
The event is open to the public, and community members may attend to watch the debate.
To register or for more information, contact Kay Mercer at HaleyYouthDebate@gmail.com or Kay.Mercer@senate.ks.gov.