Bellaire debaters win national competition

HOUSTON The Bellaire debate team took top honors at a competition in New York City this past weekend, their first title in the Bickel & Brewer/New York University National Public Policy Forum after making it to the finals four consecutive years.

"Our students were determined to win it all this year, and put in the extra time and effort to get there," said Bellaire debate coach Russell Rach. "I'm extremely proud of the accomplishments of our student debaters."

The Bellaire team defeated the team from Kahuku, Hawaii, in the semi-finals and in the final round, Bellaire defeated the team from Colleyville High School in Colleyville, Texas, to take home the grand prize.

The students were awarded $10,000 in scholarships and the "Bickel & Brewer Cup" at a special ceremony Saturday evening on the New York University campus.

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