NATIONAL SPEECH & DEBATE ASSOCIATION NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP TOURNAMENT: The Florida Oceanfront NSDA District World Schools Debate team of Caramen McDaniel, Brandon Schloss, Christopher Slaughter, and Connor Yeackley, went 4-2 in preliminary rounds and placed 32nd out of 175 WSD teams at the 2017 National Speech & Debate Association national championship tournament (despite essentially having only two weeks of practice sessions, including scrimmages in Coral Springs, Orlando, and Tampa). They lost in double-octafinals on a 2-1 decision to the top-seeded (and eventual runner-up) team from East Texas.
McDaniel was officially recognized as the 5th-best speaker out of more than 900 competitors in WSD. This makes her the highest-finishing Wellington debate student in NSDA history (and she has the trophy to prove it!).
In addition, McDaniel also went 7-2 in Extemporaneous Speaking, finishing tied for 19th overall (out of 915 competitors).
FLORIDA OCEANFRONT NSDA DISTRICT NATIONAL SPEECH AND DEBATE QUALIFIER @ WELLINGTON LANDINGS: Our Debate weekend in a nutshell:
FLORIDA FORENSIC LEAGUE VARSITY STATE CHAMPIONSHIP @ GULF BREEZE: Caramen McDaniel placed 3rd in the supplemental (and inaugural) Big Questions Debate event at the state debate championship tournament in Pensacola. In addition, the Public Forum Debate team of Caramen McDaniel & Connor Yeackley ended preliminary rounds as the Number 3 seed in the tournament, before being upset in octafinals. They were they only team to hand the eventual state champions from Nova a loss the entire weekend.
FEBRUARY 2017 PBCFL GRAND FINALS NATIONAL QUALIFIER TOURNAMENT @ DREYFOOS SCHOOL OF THE ARTS: Watch out Louisville, the Red Dawn Debaters are coming your way! Nine Wellington Wolverines qualified for the 2017 NCFL Grand National championship tournament, following outstanding performances at the PBCFL Grand Finals tournament at Dreyfoos School of the Arts. Heading to Kentucky this Memorial Day weekend: the PUBLIC FORUM DEBATE teams of Caramen McDaniel & Connor Yeackley, and Brandon Schloss & Matias Galguera; the DUO INTERPRETATION team of Joseph Long & Emma Yeackley; both Scarlet Jasperson and Zachary Jacobson in DRAMATIC PERFORMANCE; and Bennett Aikey in CONGRESSIONAL DEBATE.
LIBERTY BELL CLASSIC @ UPENN, PHILADELPHIA: Wellington continued its strong historical presence at the UPenn Liberty Bell Classic. Sara Casey placed sixth in Congressional Debate, and both Matias Galguera and Bennett Aikey were recognized as the top presiding officer in their preliminary chambers. And the Public Forum Team of Caramen McDaniel & Julie Cesta advanced to octafinals as the 17th seed, finishing with a 7-2 record overall.
FLORIDA FORENSIC LEAGUE MACAW REGION STATE QUALIFIER @ PARK VISTA: Heading to Pensacola for the state championship next month: Joseph Long & Emma Yeackley (Duo Interpretation); Scarlet Jasperson (Dramatic Interpretation); Kristina Davis, Amaris Fairchild, David Gold, Dallas Nickels, Taylor Peterson, Emilie Rott, & Gabby Vivas (Group Interpretation); and Caramen McDaniel & Connor Yeackley (Public Forum Debate).
BARKLEY FORUM @ EMORY UNIVERSITY, ATLANTA AND MAVERICK INVITATIONAL @ ARCHBISHOP McCARTHY: It was a two-for-one Red Dawn Debaters weekend. Caramen McDaniel and Bennett Aikey represented Wellington in Congressional Debate at the 62nd Annual Barkley Forum for High School at Emory University in Atlanta, while Zachary Jacobson places 2nd in Dramatic Interpretation and 6th in Informative Speaking at the Maverick Invitational on the campus of Archbishop McCarthy High School in Southwest Ranches.
JANUARY 2017 PBCFL @ OLYMPIC HEIGHTS: The Red Dawn Debaters ROCKED THE HAUS at Olympic Heights High School Saturday! Caramen McDaniel & Connor Yeackley went 3-1 and placed third overall in Public Forum Debate, despite facing the most difficult schedule of all 30 teams at the tourney (their opponent won-loss record was 12-4). Scarlet Jasperson placed third overall in Dramatic Performance. Taking fourth place in their respective events were Angelica Sabol in Novice Original Oratory and the Duo Interpretation team of Joseph Long & Emma Yeackley. Narrowly missing out on ranking Top 6 was Nicholas Ndreca in Extemporaneous Speaking, who finished seventh. Sabol earned her National Speech & Debate Association Degree of Excellence (150+ honor points).
SUNVITATIONAL @ UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF NSU: The Public Forum Debate team of Caramen McDaniel & Connor Yeackley advanced to quarterfinals at the 2017 Sunvitational in Ft. Lauderdale. It was their furthest advancement at a national debate tournament, and included taking down the Number 3 seeded team from Bronx Science in double octofinals. In addition, Bennett Aikey earned a gavel as the best presiding officer in his Congressional Debate chamber, and Zachary Jacobson, Emma Yeackley, and Joseph Long earned new National Speech & Debate Association degrees. Jacobson earned his Degree of Superior Distinction, surpassing 750 points, while both Yeackley and Long earned their Degree of Excellence, surpassing the 150-point plateau.
DECEMBER 2016 PBCFL FUNVITATIONAL @ ROYAL PALM BEACH: Saturday's PBCFL Funvitational at Royal Palm Beach High School had plenty of Wellington fun, several Wellington awards, a few additional Wellington advanced degrees earned, and may have forecast a bold new world for several of the Red Dawn Debaters. In Spontaneous Argumentation, Caramen McDaniel went 4-0 and placed third overall out of nearly 50 competitors. Mason Graham and Matias Galguera went 3-1 each, placing 10th and 11th respectively. Zachary Jacobson took first place in Informative Speaking. And Angelica Sabol placed sixth in her first Lincoln Douglas Debate competition. In Impromptu, Jacob Pincus took eighth place overall, and in Oral Interpretation, Gabrielle Barton finished 10th out of more than 40 competitors. Wellington earned five new National Speech & Debate Association degrees. Christopher Slaughter surpassed the 1,000 honor point mark, earning his Degree of Outstanding Distinction. Rafaela St. Juste passed 150 points, earning the Degree of Excellence. Nicholas Ndreca earned his Degree of Honor, hitting the 75-point plateau. And two first-year debaters, Taylor Cady and Peyton Santiago, each earned their Degree of Merit, and entrance into the largest high school public speaking honor society in the world.
PATRIOT GAMES INVITATIONAL @ GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY, FAIRFAX: Wellington Debate: it was a job well done at the 13th Patriot Games Invitational at George Mason University!
NOVEMBER 2016 PBCFL @ SEMINOLE RIDGE: Wellington Debate WellingWon a WellingTon of accolades at the November 19, 2016 PBCFL at Seminole Ridge High School.
NOVEMBER 2016 PBMSL @ THE WEISS SCHOOL: Placing FIFTH in Varsity Congressional Debate at the November PBMSL Debate Tournament at The Weiss School, MiaBeth Gorodetzer!
CRESTIAN TRADITION @ CYPRESS BAY: The Public Forum Debate team of Caramen McDaniel & Connor Yeackley advanced to octos, and finished 12th overall. Bennett Aikey advanced to semifinals in Congressional Debate.
TITAN INVITATIONAL @ NOVA HS: Wellington Debate advanced three students - Bennett Aikey, Sara Casey, and Caramen McDaniel - to Congressional Debate semifinals at the 2016 Titan Invitational. The Wolverines also earned three new National Speech & Debate Association degrees: Julie Cesta earned her Degree of Superior Distinction (750+ points), Aikey his Degree of Special Distinction (500+), and Angelica Sabol her Degree of Honor (75+). Sabol became the first novice debater this year to earn her varsity letter, which she will receive at the team's spring banquet.
FLORIDA BLUE KEY INVITATIONAL @ UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA:The 2016 Florida Blue Key Invitational was a successful venture for Wellington Debate. The Public Forum Debate team of Caramen McDaniel & Connor Yeackley advanced to doubles, finishing as one of the top 32 teams out of nearly 180 competing. Legislators Bennett Aikey, Sara Casey, and Brandon Schloss each advanced to the semifinal round of Congressional Debate. Connor surpassed 1,500 National Speech & Debate Association points, becoming the eight Red Dawn Debater to earn the NSDA Degree of Premier Distinction. Special thanks to our judges - Veneta Gilchrist, Narrelle Gilchrist, Victor Sanchez, and Jess Kane - for all they did over the weekend as well! Coach Gaba is extremely proud of his troops!
PRESIDENTIAL DEBATE WATCH PARTY @ WELLINGTON HS: Around 75 area residents and students, including Wellington Principal Mario Crocetti and Wellington Councilman John McGovern, were in attendance during the Presidential Debate Watch Party at Wellington High School.
OCTOBER PBCFL @ PALM BEACH CENTRAL HS: The Wellington Red Dawn Debaters went crosstown and put a smackdown on the competition Saturday! Here's how things went down at the season's second PBCFL tournament at Palm Beach Central High School:
SEPTEMBER PBCFL CONGRESSIONAL @ PALM BEACH GARDENS HS: Wellington Debate was smaller than usual in numbers, but mighty in terms of the success they had at the first PBCFL tournament of its 2016-17 championship season. The PBCFL Congressional at Palm Beach Gardens HS on Saturday, September 24, saw excellent performances in both varsity and novice chambers: