Wellington Landings Debate Team Hosts Tourney

On Sept. 28, the Wellington Landings Debate Team hosted the first tournament of the Palm Beach County Middle School Debate League season. It was the first public speaking experience for many of the students, and they did a fantastic job.

There were more than 100 competitors from area schools, including American Heritage, Eagles Landing, Jupiter Middle School, Palm Beach Day Academy and the Weiss School.

Several WLMS students placed in their events, and the school is proud of their efforts, under the direction of Christopher Cartagena, sponsor of the Wellington Landings Debate Team.

The following students took home awards: Matt McGann (first place) and Sophia Osborne (second place) in Congress Varsity Chamber, where McGann also won Best Presiding Officer; Kamuli Bahemuka (first place), Megan Gonzales-Mugaburu (third place) and Rylee Bleakley (fourth place) in Congress Novice Chamber A; Alexander Bartley (second place), Brian Nguyen (third place), Rebeca Lopez-Anzures (fourth place) and Casey Siner (sixth place) in Congress Novice Chamber B; Lance Nelson (second place), McKenna Wickers (third place) and Colin Burr (fourth place) in Congress Novice Chamber C; and Cheyenne Robinson and Jayna Manohalal (second place) in Duo Interpretation.

ABOVE: The Wellington Landings Middle School Debate Team.