La Salle Speech and Debate Team Takes Home 3 Trophies in Jack Howe Tournament

Published : Monday, October 3, 2016 | 2:45 PM

Jack Crawford (l) and John Nahas (r)

Sebastian Dunbar

The weekend of September 24 held both excitement and intense competition as the Lancers participated in the 20th Annual Jack Howe Speech & Debate Tournament at California State University, Long Beach.

Students alternated debating, speaking, and performing in front of various audiences, showcasing their abilities to create sound and valid arguments. Ms. Elizabeth Meerson, moderator of the team, indicated that “the entire team worked incredibly hard, supporting one-another through the entirety of the competition.” She continued to describe the students as “rock stars who performed admirably!”

At the conclusion of the competition, La Salle was awarded several trophies:

• In a field of 94 Varsity teams, John Nahas ’18 and Jack Crawford ’18 won 1st place gold in
Public Forum debate.
• In a field of 50 Novice teams, Sebastian Dunbar ’19 and Nikki Strubinski ’19 won 3rd place
in Public Forum Debate
• In a field of 38 Novice entries, Hunter Newell ’18 received 5th place in Dramatic

The Lancers faced stiff competition from over 90 varsity teams from all over California, Nevada and Oregon. In finals, they defeated Archbishop Mitty High School from San Jose. Both teams receive bids to the 2017 Tournament of Champions.

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