Speech and Debate Competes at the New York City Invitational
Over the weekend of September 23rd, three policy debate teams traveled to the Georgetown Day School for the Georgetown Day Hopper Classic.
The Speech and Debate team picked up on its fast start following up their successful trip to New Haven for the Yale Invitational.
Over the weekend of September 23rd, three policy debate teams traveled to the Georgetown Day School for the Georgetown Day Hopper Classic. This tournament saw 48 policy debate teams from 23 schools across ten different states. The team of Jack Martin '18 and Ian Mattson '19 qualified for elimination rounds, placing 13th in the tournament, losing a close 2-1 decision to Northstar Academy College Prep High School (NJ). Mattson was recognized as the 14th speaker of the tournament. Also competing at Georgetown Day were the teams of John Santoro '18 and Daniel Habboush '19, and Andrew Talone '20 and Nick Schorn '20.
The weekend of October 14th, eleven Explorers traveled to the Bronx High School of Science for the New York City Invitational. Patrick Kelly '18 advanced to the quarter-finals in Original Oratory, placing 14th in the tournament – following up his 10th place finish at the Yale Invitational. Desmond Young '18 advanced to the quarter-finals in Extemporaneous Speaking, placing 23rd. The policy debate team of Martin and Mattson advanced to elimination rounds, losing to a team from The College Prep School (CA) currently ranked 17th in the country. Also traveling to the NYC Invitational was Aidan Young '18, Martin Csongradi '18, Zach Quinn '18, Daniel Habboush '19, JV Fluehr '19, Matt Corso '20, and Patrick Calhoun '20.
As a result of the team's successful start to the year, second year head coach Mike McCabe was recognized by the National Speech and Debate Association as a First Diamond Coach. Coach McCabe earned this honor by reaching 1,500 coaching points. Coaches receive 1/10 of their student points, which are earned as a result of competing across the various event. This honor is a testament to the hard work of Speech and Debate members from the last five years.
The team turns its attention next to the Glenbrooks Invitational (IL), the Villiger Invitational at Saint Joe's University, and the Patriot Games Classic at George Mason University.