The debate team sent two members this past weekend to a tournament at McKendree University. Junior Katrina Torsoe broke to quarter finals in the novice division and placed 6th for the speaker award. Freshman Thomas Curro broke to quarterfinals in novice.
“Even though I lost in quarters, I feel really good about my own growth as a debater and my abilities going forward. I’m excited for what the rest of the year will bring,” Torsoe said. “I’m also super proud of Thomas for breaking in novice, a goal that he has been steadily working towards. He has a lot of potential.”
Only five tournaments in, there is much more in store for the team.
“The season thus far has been great. The freshman class has a lot of talent, and has made our already wonderful team dynamic even better,” Torsoe said, “We’ve had a lot of success this year as a team, making it far at every tournament, and even winning several.”
The team currently has 13 members qualified for the National Forensic Association National Championship Tournament.
“That’s actually more than normal. We usually have about eight to 10,” coach Matthew Doggett said.
Doggett said that while he doesn’t know if the budget will allow for all qualified to attend, he doesn’t foresee that as being an issue.
“If they want to go, I would like to take them,” Dogett said. “Usually, not everybody can go because it’s in April and people have stuff at the end of April. I don’t think the budget will factor in. It’ll be more or less school and academics.”