The weekend of March 2nd, we took our 33 state qualifiers to West Broward in order to compete against the best debaters Florida has to offer. Our competitors dominated at the Florida Forensic League State Tournament, winning the team award for Overall Best in the State, Best in Debate and Best in Rhetoric! It is quite clear that our team is one of the strongest out there, and that wouldn’t be possible without the constant support from our coaches and teammates.
That being said, we thought it was wonderful to celebrate National Debate and Speech Education Day the day before States! We sent thank you cards to our teammates, performed in several classes across campus, and distributed posters describing why we love debate (pictures included below). This activity is a catalyst for personal growth and community support. Because of that, it is ensured that every single one of our competitors enter every round with the skills, passion and maturity to leave everyone in awe.
With all that in mind, join us in congratulating these amazing students and the rest of our qualifiers for their outstanding performance at FFL States:
Noah Rabinovitch (senior) CHAMPION in Informative Speaking
Jose Quinones (senior) CHAMPION in Domestic Extemporaneous Speaking
Miles Berger/Joshua Gavsie and Ella Laurent/Shrenik Bhansali were co-champions of policy debate
Gustavo Lanz (junior) 2nd place in Domestic Extemporaneous Speaking
Tristan Wertanzl (junior) placed 2nd in International Extemporaneous Speaking
Jenesis Williams (sophomore) placed 3rd in Informative Speaking
Elijah Reisman/Zachary Levinson placed 3rd in Policy Debate
Alexia Cosman (junior) placed 3rd in Program Oral Interpretation
Aileen Flores (junior) placed 4th in Program Oral Interpretation
Joseph Mullen (junior) placed 4th in International Extemporaneous Speaking
Cory Wurtenberger (junior) placed 4th in Original Oratory and 7th in Informative Speaking
Maria Torrealba (sophomore) placed 7th in Dramatic Interpretation
Next up: our novices show off the skills they learned throughout the year at Novice States!