Wellington Debate has Impressive Start to 2016-17 Season
October 4, 2016
Wellington Debate was smaller than usual in numbers, but mighty in terms of the success they had at the first Palm Beach Catholic Forensic League tournament of its 2016-17 championship season. The PBCFL Congressional at Palm Beach Gardens HS on Saturday, September 24, saw excellent performances in both varsity and novice chambers:
FIRST PLACE: Bennett Aikey and Caramen McDaniel
SECOND PLACE: Sara Casey
THIRD PLACE: Anna Bernstein and Angelica Sabol
FOURTH PLACE: Taylor Peterson and Brandon Schloss
FIFTH PLACE: Nicholas Ndreca and Nailia Williams
SIXTH PLACE: Jordyn Bergman and Dounia Cambas
In addition, Wellington earned a team record ELEVEN CHAMBERS CHOICE PRESIDING OFFICERS: Julie Cesta (twice), Nancy Foti (twice), James Haripal, Zachary Jacobson (twice), Dallas Nickels, Christopher Slaughter (twice), and Rafaela St. Juste each took home gavels from the tournament.
Six Wellington debaters earned new or additional National Speech & Debate Association degrees. Jacobson surpassed 500 points, earning his Degree of Special Distinction; Haripal earned his Degree of Honor, hitting the 75-point mark; and four first-year debaters earned the Degree of Merit (25+ points): Bernstein, Ndreca, Sabol, and Williams.