Last weekend, ten members of the Waring School Debate Team were at Lexington High School at a truly national-level debate tournament that hosted 153 Public Forum Debate teams (305 debaters) from the best debate programs in the country. Waring brought a range of debaters, from first-time competitors to our most experienced, Jack Kelly, debating alone (which is called mavericking.)
At the end of the two days of competition, Jack had compiled a record of 5W-1L, and placed ninth out of the 305 competitors. This was Waring's best showing of the year at a National Tournament of Champions bid, and since Jack will be debating with Sam Lincoln for the next two weekends (at Columbia University Jan. 20-22 and Emory University Jan. 27-30), we are hoping for team success.
Anand Fedele competed in Student Congress within our National Speech and Debate Association District qualifier, and excelled as a freshman Senator. Waring's PFD teams of Alexandra Kenney & Julia Kautz and Lillian Corcoran & Madeline Boyd both had records of 2W-4L. Teams of Arion Carraher-Kang & Jemma West and Stefan Karlberg & Autumn Buhl also did well, each getting a win in this powerful varsity competition.
This trip was made possible by the dedication of three parent judges: Max Kelly, Don Kenney, and Karen Kautz. They each judged throughout the tournament and supported the team.