Debate and Speech Team Excels at Little Lex, Lincoln-Sudbury, and Hollyfest Tournaments
The end of November and the beginning of December were for Manchester Essex Debate and Speech. At each of the three tournaments the team participated in, many students did exceptionally and earned special recognition.
On Saturday, November 23rd, 18 debaters along with Debate coach Kim Henry and Debate teacher John Mullady traveled to Lexington High School for the annual “Little Lex” tournament. Freshmen Meehan Irose and William Heslop came in first and second place in Novice Lincoln-Douglas respectively. On the Varsity Lincoln Douglas level, junior Jack Hay placed sixth. In Public Forum Debate, Hannah Riordan and Oscar Heanue placed sixth overall. Sophomores Charlie Davis and Jenny Cochand competed well together, leaving with a 4-1 record in Public Forum.
For the first tournament of December, seven debaters along with Social Studies teacher Abigail Donnelly and parent Morgan Evans journeyed to Lincoln-Sudbury High School for the annual Debate and Speech Showdown tournament. Seniors Isadora Decker-Lucke and Maya Shnider left with a winning 3-2 record in Public Forum, and sophomores Megan Clark and Nathan Evans picked up two wins. Sarah Robinson, Jack Garvey, and Dewey Komishane also competed in Congressional Debate.
Lastly, the team competed in the annual Hollyfest tournament at Natick High School on Saturday, December 14th. Every year, Hollyfest entails many speech events plus Congressional Debate. Senior Fiona Davis was a finalist in Congress, while her sophomore brother, Charlie, came in second place in Group Discussion. Following Charlie, sophomore Jack Haynie placed third in Group Discussion. Other students who competed at Hollyfest included Brendan Driscoll, Ashley Edelstein, William Kiley, Oliver Hull, Parker Malarkey, Noah Smith, Laney Franklin, Connor Senay, Ben Gonzales, Damian Palmer, Zack Even, Christian Arntsen, and Julia Whitten.
After a much-deserved winter break, the team will prepare for local and national competitions during the month of January at Newton South High School, “Big Lex” at Lexington High School, the Columbia Invitational at Columbia University, and the Barkley Forum at Emory University.
Once again, the team thanks all supporters of the program for making its successes possible. If you would like to make a donation this year, please send checks to:
Manchester Essex Debate
C/o James Wallimann
36 Lincoln Street
Manchester, MA 01944