Twelve debaters competing in Public Forum, Lincoln Douglas and Novice Lincoln Douglas represented Manchester Essex at the Little Lexington Tournament at Lexington High School.
The tournament took place on Nov. 23 and hosted hundreds of students from across the region.
In the Public Forum event, which consists of two partner teams debating a current events related topic, juniors Charlie Davis and Jenny Cochand and junior Oscar Heanue and senior Hannah Riordan had perfect records of five wins and zero losses.
“I was very happy with how Jenny and I performed at the tournament. It was the highest I had ever placed at a local tournament, and I had never made it to a final round before, so it was a great experience to debate against a lot of competition and achieve success,” Davis said.
Davis and Cochand made it to the final round in Public Forum, coming in second in the pool. Riordan and Heanue earned third place in the pool. Cochand also received a speaker award.
Debate team members Emmett Strack and Connor Senay, both juniors, also competed in Public Forum with a record of two wins and three losses.
“The public forum pool had some great competition. It was fun to compete against such strong teams,” Strack said.
In the Lincoln Douglas event, senior Nick Albertazzi won his division and received a speaker award as well.
“Although there were only a number of debaters in the LD pool, the kids were really competitive which just made for a good tournament,” Albertazzi said.
Freshmen Kevin Albertazzi and Will Cole and junior Joe Alibali competed in Novice LD. Albertazzi ended the tournament in seventh place in his event.
“I was really proud of the whole team since we were at the top of two divisions and took home multiple awards for Manchester Essex,” Cochand said.
With the holidays spanning a few weekends in December, the debate season slows down briefly.
“I was glad to get some of my points early in the quarter because December doesn’t have a lot of tournaments, and January is a tough month to compete because of midterms,” debate judge senior Meghan Conway said.