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Q&A with Mike Markarian from Bullard’s Debate team

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Mike Markarian

Mike Markarian

Sarah Covarrubias, Staff Writer

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Mike Markarian is a Bullard junior on the Debate team and has qualified for making state in congressional debate. Markarian does Lincoln Douglas and Congressional Debate. Lincoln Douglas is a form of solo debate against one other opponent to focus more on values and morals rather than statistics. Congressional Debate is a debate where a person and 20 other people argue over whether specific bills should be passed or denied. I met up with Markarian to ask about his experience with debating and what he has accomplished so far.

Q: How would you explain what you do to someone who doesn’t know what you do?

A: It’s hard to explain and its something you understand by trying to do it, when I started I had no clue what I was doing but I learned from practice.

Q: How many people from Bullard are in debate?

A: Bullard debates are pretty small, I don’t focus on that though because we all put a goo amount of effort. I hope more people join eventually though, speech and debate is fun regardless who you are honestly.

Q: When’s the next debate?

A: The next debate is national qualifiers congressional debate, it’s at Bullard this Saturday.

Q: How many awards have you gotten for debate?

A: I don’t know an exact number but I’ve earned a decent amount as well as my teammates.

Q: When did you start off?

A: I started off my freshman year.

Q: What was your most proud debate?

A: I honestly stay proud of my team mates two of which made it to nationals in speech, its about the fun moment at the tournaments, not win or lose. If you put in an effort and enjoy what you’re doing then I think every moment is meant to be something you’re proud of. If I had to specify it’d probably be when I made it to state for Congressional Debate.

Q: Have you ever been nervous at one point?

A: We’ve all been nervous, I could barely whisper when I started debating, especially with judges staring at you can be nerve wrecking, but it builds so much confidence in your ability to speak publicly.

Q: Do you plan on continuing with debate in the future?

A: Yeah, maybe debate in college.

Q: Has this ever been hard to you or has this always been easy?

A: It’s always been hard, you always learn something each time and it’s a challenge keeping up. It’s for sure gotten easier over time with public speaking, but you always have to find new arguments.

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