The Wellington High School debate team is fundraising to send 10 of its top competitors to three national debate championship tournaments. WHS seniors Rachel Ganon, Michael Reynolds and Nick Thibault; juniors Vinnie Gasso, Stephie Maravankin, Alexa Fortuna, Yourui Ruan and Dylan Race; sophomore Michael Leatherman; and freshman Savannah Race have qualified to represent Wellington at one or more of these tournaments.
Ganon, Gasso and Maravankin will attend the prestigious Tournament of Champions in Lexington, Ky. on April 26-29; Ganon, Reynolds, Thibault, Gasso, Fortuna, Ruan and Leatherman qualified for the National Catholic Forensic League “Grand National” in Philadelphia over Memorial Day Weekend; and Reynolds, Thibault, Maravankin, Ruan and Leatherman will compete at the National Forensic League National Championship in Birmingham for a week in mid-June.
Factoring in airfare, lodging and registration expenses, competing at these tournaments will cost more than $11,000 total. The team is seeking the community’s help to fundraise for their competition expenses. Visit www.gofundme.com/wellingtondebate to donate, or make a tax-deductible donation by check or money order, payable to Wellington Debate, c/o Paul L. Gaba, 2101 Greenview Shores Blvd., Wellington, FL 33414.
For more information, visit www.wellingtondebate.com.