Debate Team Finishes 1st in State Tournament

For the fourth consecutive year, the MLWGS debate team took 1st place in the statewide Virginia Catholic Forensic League tournament this past Saturday, March 6.

“I’m glad for the team,” said Coach Dan Brown, a Social Studies teacher at Maggie Walker. “They are all just incredible kids—both conscientious and hardworking.”

The tournament, which took place at Clover Hill High School in Chesterfield County, included three categories of debate: Student Congress, Lincoln-Douglas, and Public Forum.

Seven students on the team received individual awards: Maryam Patton ’10 (Chesterfield)—1st Place in Lincoln-Douglas Debate; Kimberly Quick (Chesterfield)—2nd Place in Lincoln-Douglas Debate; Mitch Caudill ’10 (Chesterfield) and Elsa Schultze ’10 (Chesterfield)—1st Place in Public Forum; Kelsie Taylor ’10 (Chesterfield) and Logan Ferrell ’11 (Chesterfield)—2nd Place in Public Forum; and Dallen McNerney ’10 (Powhatan)—5th Place in Student Congress.

Pictured (left to right): Dallen McNerney ’10 (Powhatan), Maryam Patton ’10 (Chesterfield), Kimberly Quick '10 (Chesterfield), Coach Dan Brown, Mitch Caudill ’10 (Chesterfield), Elsa Schultze ’10 (Chesterfield), Kelsie Taylor ’10 (Chesterfield), and Logan Ferrell ’11 (Chesterfield).

All of these individuals qualified for the National Debate Championship to be held in Omaha, Nebraska over this coming Memorial Day weekend.