Waring Debate Excels at National Level Debate Tournament
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.
The Waring School offers a highly demanding college-preparatory education, for grades 6-12, which stresses liberal arts in the setting of a supportive school community. The Waring atmosphere is one in which both teachers and students want to learn and believe that school is not an end in itself but is the beginning of a lifelong learning process.