March 31, 2021 Achievements

East High Debate Team Earns State Championship Title at Iowa Forensic League Tournament

EHS Speech and Debate team 2021

The Sioux City East High School debate team earned the state championship title at the Iowa Forensic League Tournament this month. The success did not stop there! Students earned four individual state championship titles, while an additional 14 individual state rankings were garnered. East High also swept the Prose category of the tournament.

The following Sioux City Community School District East High debate students received honors for their performances:

  • In Poetry, Maddy Barnes placed 6th, Avery Gomez placed 3rd, Ruby Dominick placed 2nd, and Caleb Baker is the state champion.
  • In Prose, Ruby Dominick placed 5th, Chloe Evans placed 4th, Nizsha Flory placed 3rd, Juan Fuentes placed 2nd, and Carter Vanderloo is the state champion. 
  • In Duo Interpretation, Laney Nathaniel and Ella Berkenpas placed 6th, and Carter Vanderloo and Max Braunstein are state champions.
  • In Dramatic Interpretation,  Jacob Mace placed 5th, and Max Braunstein placed 2nd.
  • In Program of Oral Interpretation, Caleb Baker placed 4th.

For two East High students, the success of this year’s tournament is a continuation of achievement. Carter Vanderloo is a back-to-back State Champion of Prose, and Max Braunstein is a back-to-back State Champion in Duo Interpretation!

Congratulations to the East High Debate students on this outstanding success.

The Iowa High School Forensic League (IFL) is a non-profit organization that works to enhance the education of speech and debate across the state of Iowa. The IFL is open to middle school and high school students across the state of Iowa. The IFL currently runs two tournaments; the Fall Conference and the IFL State Tournament.