SATURDAY, OCTOBER 12, 2019:
The Red Dawn Debaters hosted the October 2019 PBCFL, where roughly 400 students and 150 adult judges from Palm Beach, Martin, and St. Lucie counties competed and critiqued a dozen speech and debate events. Wellington had great success in both the running of, and performance at, the second PBCFL of the 2019-20 school year.
In Congressional Debate, Liam MacMahon took home first-place honors, while Maddie Kaplan took third place. Taking fourth place were McKenna Wickers and Alexander Valdes, and Chelsea Gutierrez placed sixth. In addition, Gutierrez, Wickers, and Shaida Meier earned gavels as their respective chambers’ top presiding officers.
In Public Forum Debate, the team of Megan Gonzales and Rylee Bleakley went 3-1 and placed sixth overall out of 42 teams in the pool.
Wellington had some oh-so-close finishes as well. Jaiden Blinston was seventh in Dramatic Performance, the team of Blinston and Matthew McGann were seventh in Duo Interpretation, Isabella Tombari was seventh in Oral Interpretation, and extempers Nicholas Raney and Jordyn Bergman were fifth and sixth, respectively, in their event.
Wellington earned five new National Speech and Debate Association degrees. Gutierrez earned her Degree of Excellence, Kayla Cho earned her Degree of Honor, and three students – LeAhyari Garcia, Gonzalo Pardo, and Valdes – each earned the Degree of Merit and their NSDA certificates.
Coach Gaba thanks the amazing Wellington Speech and Debate parents, varsity students, and alumni parents and students, who volunteered and donated their talents to make the day an amazing educational opportunity for the students who graced our campus.
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 5, 2019:
Jaiden Blinston placed fourth overall in Dramatic Interpretation at the 2019 Titan Invitational on the campus of Nova High School in Davie.
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 21, 2019:
It was a day of success in two Florida counties on Saturday, September 21, for the Wellington Speech & Debate Team. At the PBCFL Congressional on the campus of Spanish River High School, the Red Dawn Debaters took home 22 awards.
Rylee Bleakley placed first in her House of Representatives, while three debaters – Abigail Montgomery, McKenna Wickers, and Madison Kaplan – each placed second in their respective chambers. Megan Gonzales took third, and six students – Isabella Tombari, Aliza Guerreiro, Alexander Valdes, Jason Miller, Gonzalo Pardo, and Daniel Melton – took home fourth-place trophies. Taking fifth was Ray Estevez, and placing sixth were Tahiya Zaman, Samuel Johnson, and Nicholas Raney.
Wellington debaters also took home seven gavels in recognition of being their respective chambers’ top presiding officers. Both Jordyn Bergman and Jenalyn Spies earned two gavels, while Nailah Williams, Chelsea Gutierrez, and Shaida Meier each earned one gavel.
While all this was taking place in Palm Beach County, the Duo Interpretation team of Jaiden Blinston and Matthew McGann was taking fifth place at the Flying L Invitational in Ft. Lauderdale.
Wellington earned four National Speech & Debate Association degrees on Saturday. Wesley Hinds-Francis surpassed the 250-point mark, earning his Degree of Distinction, while Isabella Tombari passed the 75-point mark (Degree of Honor) and earned her varsity letter. Both Jason Miller and Abigail Montgomery earned the Degree of Merit, surpassing 25 points. They join three debaters who earned advanced degrees earlier this semester: Jaiden Watkins (Degree of Honor), Shaida Meier (Degree of Honor), and Madison Kaplan (Degree of Distinction).
Coach Gaba believes the amazing work ethic and bonding that has been part of his three debate classes this year is a major reason for these amazing results. Today’s success is a testament to the entire team and its commitment to excellence and teamwork. He could not be prouder.