Debate Team Shines at Tournaments

Posted on: October 20th, 2014 by Admin
Victorious Penguins at the DC Urban Debate Team tournament, from left to right: Jack Nugent, Jonathan Wood, Ay Okuleye, Ramella Suber, Ayanna Shingler, and Noa Rosinplotz.

Victorious Penguins at the DC Urban Debate Team tournament, from left to right: Jack Nugent, Jonathan Wood, Ay Okuleye, Ramella Suber, Ayanna Shingler, and Noa Rosinplotz.

Six Walls students competed brilliantly in the Oct. 11 DC Urban Debate League tournament, held at Cesar Chavez Public Charter High School.

After four rounds of debating, Jack Nugent and Noa Rosinplotz won the first place Novice team award as well as the 2nd and 3rd place individual speaker awards. (Jack and Noa both competed for the first time.) In the Varsity division, Ay Okuleye, Ayanna Shingler, Ramella Suber, and Jonathan Wood received Top 10 individual speaker and team awards.

But that was just a start. On Sat. the 18th, twelve Walls students competed at the Washington-Arlington Catholic Forensic League, debating whether public subsidies for professional athletic organizations benefit local communities. Jack Nugent and Noa Rosinplotz received the 1st place Novice award, which qualifies them to compete in the March Metrofinals. Adrian Sohn and Ramella Suber received the 5th place Junior Varsity award.

Even though the competition schedule has begun, it’s not too late to join the debate team. Public speaking skills are invaluable for high school students, and debate team is a great way to develop them. The Washington Post agrees; click here for a recent article on this topic. Contact Coach Joan Hoyte if you’re interested in participating.