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Columbus Debate seniors advance to elimination rounds at State Championship

The debate team traveled up to the Panhandle this past weekend to compete in the Florida Forensic League Varsity State Championship. After a brisk 12 hour drive to Pensacola, our three seniors continued their landmark year by advancing to late elimination rounds in five events.
The dynamic speech duo of Thomas Barrera and John Little both “double broke” in the four events they were competing in. John advanced to the semi-finals of both Original Oratory and Humorous Interpretation, while Tommy advanced to the semi-finals of both Dramatic Interp and Oral Interpretation. While neither of them made it to the finals, it’s still an impressive feat to advance to elimination rounds in both events respectively.
In Lincoln-Douglas debate, debate team president Javier Navarrete finished preliminary rounds of competition with a 4-1 record and lost a heartbreaking round in the octo-finals, finishing in the top 10 overall in the state. Narrowly missing elimination rounds and a speaker award, junior Angel Toro also had a great tournament finishing as the seventh overall speaker.
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We also had a couple of notable highlights throughout the weekend. The team of Nick Garcia-Cartaya, Rafael Vergara, and Raphael Crespo finished in 8th place in Group Interpretation preforming a script from the TV show, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia. It’s the first time Columbus has competed in GI in over a decade. Also, in policy debate, the freshmen team (the only ones in the division) of Marcel Van Hemert and Andres Perez pulled off a big win against North Broward Prep in preliminary rounds of competition.
The team next competes in two weeks at the debate national qualifier at Miami Beach High School.
Thanks as always for the support,
Randall Martinez

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