On Thursday, May 24, eight members of the Maggie Walker Debate Team departed for the Catholic Forensics League’s National Tournament, “Star-Spangled Nationals,” hosted in Baltimore. After touring Fort McHenry and watching an Orioles game on Friday, Saturday brought with it the thrill of debating the best and brightest in the nation.
Public Forum, which is fast-paced, fact-based, partner debate, saw three teams from Maggie Walker: Tyler Garrett (’12) and Melody Wang (’12); Ben Zavelsky (’12) and Arthur Wu (’12); and Mason Davenport (’14) and Aateeb Khan (’14). Maggie Walker also sent Alex Kesselring (’12) and Matthew King (’14) to the Lincoln-Douglas competition, based more in philosophy and reasoning, a one-on-one style of debate.
The debate team received invaluable support from trip organizer and sponsor Mr. Brown, and team alumni, Aya Kellam (’11), Maggie Chambers (’11), Laura Merchant (’11), and Elsa Schultze (’10), who served as judges.
The Debate Team welcomes new members for next year. Those interested in joining should come to Room 334 at lunch on Thursdays for the weekly meeting, which will begin again in September.