Six Explorers Earn Awards at 36th Annual Villiger Speech & Debate Tournament
The tournament featured competition between 627 students representing 62 schools and 9 states from Massachusetts to Florida.
Six students from La Salle College High School earned awards at the 36th Annual Villiger Speech & Debate Tournament, held at St. Joseph's University from Saturday, November 21 to Sunday, November 22, 2015. The tournament featured competition between 627 students representing 62 schools and 9 states from Massachusetts to Florida.
La Salle senior Fred Blunt '16 advanced to the final round in Lincoln-Douglas Debate and finished in 2nd Place. Shawn Robinson '16 and Michael Duffin '16 also advanced to the elimination rounds in Lincoln-Douglas Debate and both finished in the Top 16. La Salle was one of only two schools to have three students advance to the Top 16 in Lincoln Douglas Debate. These students debated both sides of the topic Resolved: In the United States criminal justice system, jury nullification ought to be used in the face of perceived injustice.
In the Policy Debate category, the team of Nick Petaccio '16 and Evan Dugery '16 advanced to the final round and finished in 2nd Place. Nick and Evan debated both sides of the topic Resolved: The United States federal government should substantially curtail its domestic surveillance. Impressively, this was the second straight year that Nick advanced to the final round in Policy Debate at the Villiger Tournament and this was only the third tournament for Evan since switching to Policy Debate.
In the speech category of Original Oratory, La Salle junior Ben Fedgechin '17 advanced to the elimination Rounds. Ben finished as a Quarterfinalist (Top 24) in Original Oratory with the ten minute speech he wrote and memorized about the importance of storytelling.
Overall, La Salle was the only school to have finalists in multiple debate events at the 2015 Villiger Tournament. La Salle received the 8th Place Team Sweepstakes Award.