The school’s debate coach, Trey Witt, was recognized as one of two recipients of Kansas Debate Coach of the Year honors during the Debate Coaches’ Invitational Tournament at Washburn Rural Jan. 10 and 11. Witt has been the school’s debate coach for six years, and has won Coach of the Year before.
“My students were very happy for me, but I told them that this is their award too,” he said. “I really see the coach of the year award as a season sweepstakes award, so I really appreciate that they make me look good!”
This year’s debate team, which heads to state competition this weekend at Blue Valley High School, has already achieved a great deal. The team of Karl Walter and Henry Walter took second place at DCI, and their Lancer peers Ali Dastjerdi and Shrushti Mehta took fifth place. Dastjerdi took first place out of 80 debaters in the Speakers Award competition.
Witt teaches debate, competitive speech and drama (forensics) and ninth grade English at SM East. He graduated from the school in 2003, and worked as an assistant debate coach for the Lancers while in college at the University of Kansas from 2003-2008.
“I really enjoy the group of kids I have right now,” he said. “Even more important than their success, they are all really nice kids and fun to be around. As tiring as the trips are, I have a lot of fun joking around with them and telling stories in the van.”