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Debate Takes First Place at Flying L Invitational

Over the past weekend, the Columbus novices and junior varsity debaters kicked off the tournament season at the Flying L invitational at Fort Lauderdale High School. Competing against schools all over the tri-county area, we had 26 students competing in six events with 22 of the students competing for the first time.
Leading the way for the novice debaters, in novice Lincoln-Douglas sophomore Carlos Gutierrez finished in first place as the only undefeated debater in the tournament. Carlos had big wins against Cypress Bay, Stoneman Douglas, South Plantation and West Broward High school. Not far behind, the rest of the novice LD squad had a great weekend all finishing with 2-2 records. New comer Ryan Yglesias finished 6th place in novice LD. Other LD competitors finshing 2-2 were Junior Charles Gannon and Freshman Aidan Romero. Javier Hernandez and Carlos Novo competed in the varsity division.
Also making the highlight reel, junior Matt Rockwell made his debating debut finishing 2nd place in novice Mixed Extemporaneous speaking. This is a huge accomplishment against a deep pool of competitors from regional powerhouses such as Nova High School, and Cypress Bay. Also premiering in novice mixed extemp, junior Anthony Yip  had a great first tournament.
In Novice Policy debate, the sophomore team of Andrew Castro and Giancarlos Miguel had an outstanding tournament finishing in 3rd place with a 2-2 record. The policy debaters were arguing for changes in education policy, specifically the Title I formula. In Varsity policy debate, the team of Andres Perez and Marcos Ortega had a challenging tournament against varsity teams from North Broward Prep and finished in 5th place overall.
In Big Questions debate, we had two student make it into the top 6. In 5th place we had Michael Denis and in 6th place Fernando Mendoza. Each of the debaters in Big Questions came away with at least 1 win. Competing in Big Questions we had Chris Anderson, Andres Miranda, Evan Rumi, and Luis Romero.
Making a debut in Original Oratory, freshman Caden Serrato wrote a touching piece tackling the Healthcare crisis in America. He finished one of his rounds in 2nd place, but slightly missed placing in the top 5 of the tournament.
Overall it was a fantastic start to the season for these new members of the squad. The future of Columbus debate definitely looks bright. The varsity squad competes next weekend, when Coach Ciocca takes the team to the Holy Cross tournament at the University of New Orleans.
Thanks as always for the support.
Mr. Randall Martinez

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