On Feb. 3, Zephyr ISD hosted the District Cross-Examination Debate competition where the school’s two debate teams claimed victory over their competitors from Blanket. Zephyr students Brandon Jones and Sterling Sellards won first place in the debate. Additionally, Zephyr students Kashtyn Eoff and Buddy Meader secured second place. Both teams will be advancing to the UIL State CX Debate Meet which will be held on March 14-19 at The University of Texas at Austin.

Cross-Examination Debate, which is better known as CX Debate, is a competition consisting of teams of two students debating against an opposing team on a particular topic. Students receive the debate topic at the beginning of the school year and are given the opportunity to research the topic and form their own thoughts and opinions on it. Students must be prepared to take both positive and negative approaches concerning the given topic in competition. For example, a team may defend a topic in one round of the debate, and yet in the next round, they may be called upon to stand against it. This year’s debate topic is based on the United States federal government’s role to “provide national security while maintaining privacy for its citizens,” according to Jana Riggins, UIL State Debate Director.