“When I took over the class it’s something that I wanted to make sure that we kept because I know it’s a tradition here at Mesa now. Probably one of the most daunting things about taking over the AP Rhetoric class was to make sure that there was a blend of the old with what I have done in the past teaching this class. I’ve taught this class in San Diego and I didn’t do the debates, but I wanted to make sure that the tradition got kept for the students. I didn’t want them to miss out in anything,” Mr. Davis said.
“The format is going to be the same like last year. I think some of the strategy of who is going where is going to be different though. The audience will still be involved to see how well the teams sway the audience,” Mr. Davis affirmed.
As far as the audience, Mr. Davis is going to email teachers if they would like to bring their class to the debates, first come first serve. Students do sneak in though because of how intense and entertaining the debates can be. The students of AP Rhetoric have been busy getting ready since the debates are approaching quickly.
“In terms of my own group debating, I’m actually not worried and I’m just trying not to stress out. I really like Mr. Davis; he’s one of my favorite teachers on campus. I don’t really know what to compare the class too, in terms of what the senior class experienced with Mr. Abuel as their teacher but I do feel like it is a lot more writing this year. I think he’s doing pretty well for his first year teaching rhetoric here because I know he’s taught rhetoric before but I think it’s going okay. I’m really only nervous about the senior class being really judgmental, but other than that I’m not nervous,” comments junior Janelle Alonzo.