By Rory Mahon ’18
Despite freezing temperatures, the Flyers persevered and attended the Annual Harvard National Forensics Tournament held on Presidents’ Day Weekend. Members of Chaminade’s Robert C. Wright Speech and Debate Team prepared for months and were finally able to display their skills by competing against a large number of schools from across the country.
“I worked really hard to prepare myself and others for this tournament, and in the end it definitely paid off, ” said John Michael Magloire ’18.
Some of the Flyers excelled in the tournament and continued competing in the elimination rounds on Monday. Massimo Indolini ’17, competing in Junior-Varsity Lincoln Douglas Debate, advanced to triple-octo final rounds, and John Michael Magloire and Aidan Fitzgerald ’18 were quarter finalists in the same category. Alexander Caparelli ’17 and Michael Carolan ’17 competed in Junior-Varsity Public Forum Debate and earned themselves a spot in the triple-octo final rounds. Daniel O’Neil ’16 finished in the octo-final round of Extemporaneous Speaking, and Christian Gagnon ’16 was a quarterfinalist in Student Congress. Last, John Kieran Larkin ’16 was a quarterfinalist in Dramatic Interpretation.
“Even though it was extremely cold out, the tournament was very fun, and making it to quarters was worth the cold,” said Aidan Fitzgerald.
The Flyers traveled back home, proud of their performances at Harvard. There will be a few more tournaments before the team travels to the State Tournament in April.
Best of luck to all speakers and debaters!