Oxbridge Debaters Rank Nationally

Oxbridge Academy senior William Brodner made school history recently, becoming the first debater to win three first-place awards in one tournament. He took the top spot in International Extemporaneous Speaking, Domestic Extemporaneous Speaking and Impromptu Speaking at the Cypress Bay Tradition Tournament in Weston.

Senior Terrell Seabrooks continued his winning streak with a first-place finish in the tournament’s Congressional Round Robin debate. Juniors Robbie Linck and Alyson Brusie placed second and eighth respectively in Public Forum, and Harrison Koeppel finished fifth in International Extemporaneous Speaking.

Seabrooks has been sharpening his skills all season. He won first place in the same category at the 2016 Florida Blue Key Speech and Debate Tournament, held in October at the University of Florida. Seabrooks prevailed in the high-stakes competition against some of the best congressional debaters in the nation. His debate on mandatory voting not only earned him a trophy, but also a scholarship prize. He is currently ranked second in the nation in Student Congress.

The duo of Linck and Brusie won second place in three different tournaments, including Florida Blue Key, Big Bass Round Robin in New Orleans and Houston Bellaire Round Robin. Linck is currently ranked sixth and Brusie, a Wellington resident, is ranked eighth in the nation for Public Forum.

ABOVE: (Front row) Harrison Koeppel, William Brodner and Terrell Seabrooks; and (back row) Alyson Brusie and Robert Linck.