User uShare Login | Register

Along with posting photos, videos, and stories, your uShare account lets you post Classified Ads, recipes on What's For Dinner, and Announcements.

33° View Weather Current Conditions Sioux Falls Change Location
Set Weather Options



 Winter Storm for November 30, 2015

Snow Outlook

Severe Weather

State Radar

Click here for local closings & delays

Send photos to

Storm Center Update | Sioux Falls News & Weather, South Dakota News & Weather, Minnesota and Iowa News

[0] My Saved Articles
Back to all news


Find local businesses
on the KELO Pages!


Students Learn From The Presidential Debates

October 11, 2012, 5:39 AM by Kellee Azar

Students Learn From The Presidential Debates

While they're not in the national spotlight, some high school students in KELOLAND know all to well the pressures of preparing for a debate.

Public speaking is the number one fear among many people in the world. For many, the thought of getting on stage for a debate in front of the entire country can be nerve racking. Some students in KELOLAND are already getting a head start on a future in public speaking.

Being a part of a varsity debate team in high school teaches students many different skills.  For junior Lydia Simmons, it's given her confidence in more than just debating.

"I've noticed that I am a lot more confident in classes when I am speaking, also, in writing for certain classes like English and writing papers. I also find it easier for me to talk to newer people and talk about a lot of current issues at hand,” Simmons said.

And with the Presidential and Vice Presidential debates this month, Simmons understands what the candidates have to go through.

"It does require quite a bit of effort and quite a bit of preparation. Once you get up there, you're nervous and I can't imagine what the pressure must be with the entire country watching.  We just have usually a judge and your opponent," Simmons said.

As the debate coach at Washington High School, Travis Dahle makes sure to really focus on the preparation aspect of a debate. It's all to make sure students don't get too nervous before a competition.

"Really, we focus on preparing, that you have to study the topic research the topic and start preparing your arguments. So you will want to look at what my opponent will run, what are they thinking, and how would we respond to those arguments," Speech and Debate Coach Travis Dahle said.

While Simmons is not allowed to vote just yet, she still hopes to learn something from this year's national debates.

"They are making a difference.  It's a place where they can cover a lot of the different issues and topics.  But it also shows how they are at speaking and thinking on their feet and being able to answer different questions with very little time to prepare," Simmons said.

Simmons plans to watch Thursday night's Vice Presidential Debate. It will air at 8 p.m. CDT on KELO-TV.


Previous Story

Next Story




View education

You may also like

Harrisburg High School Wins $100,000

11/25/2015 9:01 AM

Students at Harrisburg High School are celebrating Wednesday morning.

Full Story
Mount Vernon Student Saves Friend's Life

11/25/2015 5:00 PM

Two friends have an even stronger bond after a life and death situation saved one of them from choking. 

Full Story | Watch
Redfield Considers New School

11/22/2015 5:35 PM

Redfield could be joining other northeast South Dakota school districts with new schools.

Full Story | Watch
Harrisburg Unites Over T-Shirt Sales

11/24/2015 5:03 PM

Harrisburg students are still coping with the shooting of their high school principal in September. 

Full Story | Watch
As Suicides Continue, Prevention Workers Seeks Program Funding, Crisis Center

11/25/2015 10:05 PM

IHS hospital in Pine Ridge can confirm 20 suicides from December of 2014 through November 14 this year.

Full Story | Watch