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Jan. 22, 2018 - State UIL 6A Congressional Debate Results


Plano ISD had two student winners at the UIL 6A State Congressional Debate Meet held on January 8-10 in Austin, Texas.

  • Mishan Kara from Plano West Senior High won first place. This is the third straight championship of Plano West. 
  • Nicolas Teachenor from Plano Senior High School was awarded sixth place.

Congressional debate is an individual contest in a large group setting. It models the legislative process of democracy, specifically, the United States Congress. Within this mock legislative assembly competition, contestants draft legislation (proposed laws and position statements) submitted to the tournament, and they research the docket of bills and resolutions dealing with real-world social and political policies prior to the contest to prepare their speeches. At the tournament, students caucus in committees, deliver formal discourse on the merits and disadvantages of each piece of legislation, and vote to pass or defeat the measures they have examined. Parliamentary procedure forms structure for the discourse, and students extemporaneously respond to others’ arguments over the course of a session.

A complete list of state winners is available on the UIL website.


Mishan Kara, UIL 6A Congressional Debate State Champion with her medal

Mishan Kara, Plano West Senior High School UIL 6A State Champion.

UIL 6A Congressional Debate winners

(Far left) Nicolas Teachenor, Plano Senior High sixth place winner and (far right) Mishan Kara, Plano West first place winner at the UIL State Congressional Debate Tournament. Also pictured are winning students from other Texas school districts.