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Columbus Debate takes 4th Place in Dramatic Interp

By Mr. Randall Martinez

Over the weekend the Columbus Debate team had a great showing at the first South Florida Catholic Forensic League tournament at Western High School in Davie. This tournament was the largest in SFCFL history with over a thousand students competing from over 30 schools in the Miami-Broward area. A special thanks to Assistant Coach Dan Ciocca for preparing our Lincoln-Douglas debate students this week on the qualified immunity topic.

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Leading the way for the Explorers, Senior Thomas Barrera finished in 4th place of Dramatic Interpretation performing his rendition of Empowered: How one girl scout nearly destroyed the World’s economy by Don Zolidis. Thomas performed for 4 rounds of competition and earned 1st place rankings in 3 of the preliminary rounds.

Also having an incredible tournament, Junior Raphael Crespo racked up four wins and one loss in Varsity Lincoln-Douglas debate. In the novice division, Junior Marcos Cibran and sophmore Jorge Soto had a great first tournament by finishing with a 3-2 record. The guys were debating the merits of qualified immunity for police officers.

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In Public Forum, we had four teams competing in the novice division. The sophomore team of Ethan Gaunaurd and Sean Hodson had a fantastic first tournament, finishing with a 3-2 record. The public forum guys were debating the harms and benefits of the Internet of Things.

The team travels again this weekend, to the University of Florida – Blue Key tournament in Gainesville.

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