Wellington earned 17 accolades at the Saturday, November 14, PBCFL Virtual Tournament.
In Congressional Debate, five students placed. Carolina Aguilera-Garza placed first, Liam MacMahon and Aliza Guerreiro each took third, Christopher Castro finished fifth, and Julien Hourdebaigt ranked sixth. In addition, Sofia Lynch earned a gavel as a presiding officer in her chamber.
In Declamation, Luis Gonzales-Mugaburu and Isabella Tombari finished first and second, respectively.
Jaiden Lagalo-Blinston placed first in both Varsity Dramatic Performance and Program of Oral Interpretation, while McKenna Wickers placed first in Oral Interpretation, Harrison Winton finished third in OI, while Emma Stanfield was second in Novice Dramatic Performance.
In Extemporaneous Speaking, Samuel Johnson placed third, while Colin Gibson was sixth.
In Novice Lincoln Douglas Debate, Tatyana Guillaume finished fifth, and Kieran Abesamas placed fifth in Varsity Lincoln Douglas Debate.
Three novice debaters passed the 25-point mark and earned their membership in the National Speech & Debate Association honor society: KJ Benham, Nayib Cueva, and Brandon Walters. Aliza Guerreiro earned her varsity letter and the NSDA Degree of Honor (75+ points), and Sofia Lynch earned her Degree of Distinction (250+)
Coach Gaba would also like to thank the adult and student judges who volunteered their time to help make the tournament a success! Mad props to Sara Altschulter, Christine Lefkowitz, Christopher Stanfield, Samantha Giuliano, Harrison Winton, Matthew McGann, Madison Mason, Jenalyn Spies, and Emma Gherlan!
In addition, Wellington’s Jaiden Lagalo-Blinston and Matthew McGann are your 2020 Cypress Bay Tradition Invitational Duo Interpretation champions!