CABOT, Ark. - The Forensics and Debate teams at Cabot High School are ranked number one in the state.
It took a lot of hard work to climb to the top spot and team members say it's helping further their education.
Every day after class, 93 students on the teams rehearse. The teams compete as a group.
It's all about practice, dedication and teamwork.
"It's a big title and it's a lot of sense of accomplishment, but it's also a lot of hard work that goes into that," says Britney McGloflin, Senior, who's on the Forensics team.
Individually, she ranks number one in the state for Forensics & Debate.
"It weaves into all of your academics," she says about what she learns in other classes that helps her compete. "Like my government and politics class, I use my English classes and the works that I read from those to develop my speeches."
The group does competitive acting and public speaking events nationally.
"We learn how we can effect policy, we learn how we can make policy, we learn about the policies, and essentially we learn just basic critical thinking skills," says Keianna Trujillo, Senior.
She says they learned how to talk fast, to get information out quicker. For her, debate is a rewarding experience.
"It is important in every aspect of education. First of all it helps you with scholarships. Most of us already have scholarship offers because of Debate," she continues.
Students say Forensics & Debate has improved their critical thinking and essay writing in other classes.
"A lot of us have dedicated sleepless nights to make sure this team is always number one," she says.
Their hard work is displayed in the school's trophy case. It goes well beyond being number one.
"When I see all these, I think about all the memories that went into them. I think about the group events where we worked together and all of those rehearsals," Britney says.
It's the friendships and enhancing their education that matter.
The Cabot High School Forensics and Debate teams rank 38th in the nation and two of the students are tied for third in the nation.
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