The Wellington High School debate team was smaller than usual in numbers, but mighty in terms of the success at the first Palm Beach Catholic Forensic League tournament of the 2016-17 season.
The PBCFL Congressional at Palm Beach Gardens High School on Saturday, Sept. 24 saw excellent performances in both varsity and novice chambers. Bennett Aikey and Caramen McDaniel won first place; Sara Casey won second place; Anna Bernstein and Angelica Sabol won third place; Taylor Peterson and Brandon Schloss won fourth place; Nicholas Ndreca and Nailia Williams won fifth place; and Jordyn Bergman and Dounia Cambas won sixth place.
In addition, Wellington earned a team record 11 chambers choice presiding officers: Julie Cesta (twice), Nancy Foti (twice), James Haripal, Zachary Jacobson (twice), Dallas Nickels, Christopher Slaughter (twice) and Rafaela St. Juste each took home gavels from the tournament.
Six Wellington debaters earned new or additional National Speech & Debate Association degrees. Jacobson surpassed 500 points, earning his Degree of Special Distinction; Haripal earned his Degree of Honor, hitting the 75-point mark; and four first-year debaters earned the Degree of Merit (25-plus points): Bernstein, Ndreca, Sabol and Williams.
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ABOVE: Wellington Debate members celebrate a successful tournament.