Debate Team Excels at Novice, Revere Tournaments
Eleven novice debaters experienced their first rounds of debate at the Massachusetts Forensics League Novice Tournament held at Sacred Heart High School on Saturday, October 12th. Seven student judges and debate coach Jennifer Coleman accompanied the debaters to the tournament for support. Out of the eleven who debated, five students earned medals. Freshmen Noah Smith, Laney Franklin, and Antonio Gillespie won medals due to their 2-1 records in Lincoln-Douglas while in Congress, freshmen Jack Garvey and Avery Shaw earned medals for their performances. Other novice debaters who attended the tournament include: Meehan Irose, Chris McCoy, Will Heslop, Spencer Feuerbach, Carl Parkhurst, and Walter Komishane.
This past Saturday, October 19th, eleven debaters, both varsity and novice, traveled to Revere High School for the MFL Fall Kick Off. Here, several students earned special recognition for their successes. Freshman Maura McCormick came in sixth place for novice Lincoln-Douglas and was the sixth best speaker for the day. Seniors Landon Komishane and Annie Gonzales and sophomore Ben Gonzales were all finalists in Congress. Landon came in seventh, Annie came in eighth, and Ben came in tenth. Other debaters who competed at Revere included: freshmen Meehan Irose and Walter Komishane, sophomore Damian Palmer, and senior Ashley Edelstein.
This week, the Manchester Essex Debate team is preparing to host the annual Tim Averill Invitational at MERHS, which draws hundreds of debaters from around the greater New England region. Teachers, students, and parents will be collaborating to help the tournament run smoothly.
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