SWW Debate Club
On Saturday, October 12th, 2013, the School Without Walls debaters competed for the first time in a Washington-Arlington Catholic Forensic League (WACFL) debate tournament at Dominion High School in Springfield, Virginia.
The Walls’ debaters performed admirably at their first debate tournament of the school year. They debated in the public forum debate style, in which two students compete together on a team. The debaters competed at the novice level, since this was their first time participating in a WACFL tournament, but in the future, the students could advance to the two higher levels: junior varsity and varsity. In total, 108 students (including the Walls debaters), divided into 54 teams, from 18 of the area’s top private and public schools competed in the novice category.
Walls won the following team awards: first place (Nathan Ausubel, Brett Isaacs), tenth place (Taiwo Dosunmu, Mahler Revsine), and twelfth place (Jacob Ausubel, Will Warren). By winning the first place novice team award, Nathan and Brett must compete at the junior varsity level during the next tournament. Additionally, Nathan and Brett qualified to take part in the regional elimination rounds later this school year. Hopefully, other Walls’ teams will also be able to qualify during future tournaments. Their award is also significant because Walls was the only new school at the WACFL public forum tournament.
Key to the team’s success was the passion and commitment of Coach Joan Hoyte. Ms. Hoyte has been volunteering as the debate coach since 2009 when her daughter, Christie, was a Walls’ freshman. Although Christie graduated last June, Ms. Hoyte continues to devote a great portion of her time to coaching the debate club. Recognition must also be given to Assistant Coach Neil McCray, who helped to introduce the team to the Public Forum style of debating.
The second public forum event will be taking place on November 16th, 2013, at Westfield High School in Arlington, Virginia.
– Jacob Ausubel, Secretary, Walls Debate Club