Speech & Debate Compete at Yale Invitational
The Speech and Debate team has begun the 2017-2018 season in force at the Yale Invitational. Seven Explorers competed on Saturday and Sunday, September 16-17.
The Speech and Debate team has begun the 2017-2018 season in force at the Yale Invitational. Seven Explorers competed on Saturday and Sunday, September 16-17 – setting the bar high for this upcoming year. Senior Patrick Kelly placed 10th in Original Oratory out of a field of 113 competitors. Over the course of five preliminary round and three elimination rounds, Patrick performed his 10-minute original speech on the how our society perceives anything other than first place as failure. Patrick's finish earned him 'a bid' (an invite) to the Tournament of Champions hosted by the University of Kentucky in April. The marks the second time Patrick has qualified to the Tournament of Champions.
The policy debate team of senior Jack Martin and junior Ian Mattson advanced to the final round – defeating Hunter College (NY) in the semifinal round. Due to time constraints, Martin and Mattson will debate league rival Strath Haven High School at a later date to determine the tournament champion. Martin and Mattson went 4-1 in preliminary rounds debating both sides of the topic, Resolved: the United States federal government should substantially increase its funding and/or regulation or primary and/or secondary education in the United States.
Also competing at Yale were seniors Martin Csongradi, Jack Reckner, Aidan Young, and Desmond Young in Lincoln Douglas debate, humorous interpretation, and extemporaneous speaking, respectively. The Speech and Debate team turns its attention to the next early season invitationals – the Georgetown Day School Invitational and the New York City Invitational hosted by the Bronx High School of Science.