Seniors Jack Kelly and Tristan Horan have qualified for the National Speech and Debate Association's National Tournament, to be held in Birmingham, Alabama, on June 18-23. The qualifying tournament was held last Friday and Saturday in Shrewsbury, MA, and involved the best teams from the New England District. In this double-elimination tournament, Jack and Tristan lost their first debate and then won the next five to join two other teams (from Newton South) in qualifying.
This is the first time that Waring Debate has qualified for NSDA Nationals, the oldest and most prestigious of the national tournaments for which we compete. Qualifying for this tournament has been one of the goals since Waring Debate started in 2005, and 12 years later, Jack and Tristan are the first to achieve the goal.
Many thanks to Max Kelly and Chris Horan, who both judged throughout the tournament. Stefan Karlberg also competed in United States Extemporaneous Speaking at the tournament.