On Saturday, February 11, eight members of the Waring Debate team attended the Boston Catholic Forensic League's national qualifying tournament, held in Shrewsbury, MA. The competition was very strong due to the winners being invited to attend nationals during Memorial Day weekend in Louisville, KY. Because this conflicts with Waring's graduation, the debate team did not compete to qualify but rather to gain experience, especially for our five 8th graders.
All of our teams won at least one debate. Arion Carrier-Kang & Jemma West went 2 and 2 while debating against seniors from other schools. Also competing were Stefan Karlberg & Jared Wood, Ingraham Melvin & Henry Younger, and Griffin Wells & Tucker Smith. All of our debaters represented Waring well and earned the respect of their opponents.
Waring also had a strong group of parent judges, some of whom were judging for the first time: Denise Clinton, Emily Weissblum-Smith, and Lawler Kang. Experienced judges were Ben Younger and Max Kelly. Waring Senior Jack Kelly attended the tournament to coach the students he is TA'ing in Winter Sport Debate. Debate Coach Tim Averill ran the tabulation room for the tournament throughout the day.