LT debate team members reach state semifinals

LA GRANGE — Four Lyons Township High School students reached the semifinals of the IHSA Congressional Debate in mid-March at Illinois Wesleyan University.

Senior Alex Contarino, junior Max Medlock, sophomore Anika Ranginani and sophomore Sid Ariga all advanced to the semifinal round. Ranginani also had the third-highest score in the state in the preliminary rounds and was named to the All State Debate Team.

In total, 10 LT students competed in the competition, which included students from 19 schools. The team is coached by Tom Swiontek and Jessica Lee, both LT social studies teachers.