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Speech and Debate Team Prepares For Upcoming State and National Tournaments

The Speech and Debate Team has finished its invitational and qualifier season strong. January, February and March are the busiest months for the team with competitions all over the east coast. In January, the team traveled to Emory University for the Barkley Forum for High Schools – a tournament drawing from the most elite entries from schools across the country. JV Fluehr placed 7th in Humorous Interpretation, earning his 3rd bid to the University Of Kentucky Tournament Of Champions.

In February, the team competed at invitationals hosted by Pennsbury High School, the University of Pennsylvania, and Harvard University. Each of these tournaments draw competitive fields from multiple time zones. At Pennsbury, Tyler Wood placed 6th in Impromptu and Lucky Kawczynski placed 2nd in Declamation. Also participating in elimination rounds were Patrick Calhoun and Ian Mattson. At Penn, JV Fluehr and Patrick Calhoun earned a bid to the Tournament of Champions in Duo Interpretation, placing 6th. Lucky Kawczynski placed 4th in Declamation. JV Fluehr placed 2nd in Humorous, earning his 4th bid in that event.  Patrick Calhoun and Tyler Wood also participated in elimination rounds in Original Oratory and Lincoln Douglas Debate, respectively.

The team brought its largest entry to Harvard in recent years – 14 total competitors. Thomas Davidson, Zach Whiting, Blake Barklage, Michael Quigley, Hector Guerra, Matt Comiciotto, Andrew Talone, Daniel Quigley, Ian Mattson, Tyler Wood, AJ Carabello, JV Fluehr, Patrick Calhoun, and Connor Mangan competed at the 45 annual Harvard Speech and Debate Tournament. JV Fluehr continued a strong season competing in elimination rounds in Humorous and Program Oral Interpretation, while Thomas Davidson advanced in Lincoln Douglas.

A successful invitational season led into the team’s qualifier season with State Districts, League Finals (Philadelphia Catholic Forensics League), and the Valley Forge NSDA District. Eight students qualified to compete at the State Tournament – Dan Quigley, Matt Corso, Michael Quigley, Louis DiPede, Emmet Young, Connor Mangan, Tyler Wood, and Alex Sorgini. Five students will represent the team at National Catholics in Milwaukee – Ian Mattson, Alex Sorgini, JV Fluehr, Patrick Calhoun, and Lucky Kawczynski. An additional three students qualified for NSDA Nationals in Dallas – JV Fluehr, Ian Mattson, & Tyler Wood. The team placed 2nd overall in the district. The team looks ahead to the State Tournament held at Bloomsburg University on March 15th and 16th, the Tournament of Champions on April 27th & 28th, the National Individual Events Tournament of Champions on May 10th – 12th, National Catholic Grand Nationals May 25th & 26th, and the National Speech and Debate Association Nationals June 16th-21st.

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