In classrooms around Mount Markham High School, students waited for their assignments.
Others waited in the cafeteria, eating snacks and reviewing notes. Some students worked in pairs reading from their papers.
For the first time in almost two years, Mount Markham students and guests from several school districts as far away as Northern Pennsylvania gathered for an in-person Debate Tournament. Students competed in a number of debate-style events to earn points for their school’s team.
About the only giveaways that this was not an ordinary day at the school were that it was a Saturday, and students looked like they were headed off to professional jobs, with the boys in jackets and ties and the girls in skirts and heels.
Students spent the bulk of that day debating such topics as whether space debris should be removed, if the U.S. Post Office should be privately managed and civil disobedience.
Mount Markham’s club is led by advisor Sue Culver, an English teacher at the school. Culver’s years as advisor…