Dripping Springs High School students were successful at the UIL 5A Region 13 Congress Meet on Nov. 11 in Salado. Campbell Melton was the region champion for the second consecutive year and will advance to the state tournament. Lily Claire Kroll placed fourth and is designated as a state alternate, and Shaye Ladzinski was 10th. The event included the top 20 congressional debaters in the region.
Congress is an individual contest in a group setting that models the legislative process of the U.S. 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.
The State UIL Congress Tournament will be held Jan. 14-15 at the University of Texas at Austin and the Texas Capitol Building.