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Debate Takes 3rd at State Championships

The debate team poses for a picture with their speaker awards. From left to right, Mansour Oram, Adam Coury, Brendan Murnen, Joe Mekhael, Coach Alex Tolksdorf, John Soltis, Nicholas Tolksdorf.

The debate team poses for a picture with their speaker awards. From left to right, Mansour Oram, Adam Coury, Brendan Murnen, Joe Mekhael, Coach Alex Tolksdorf, John Soltis, Nicholas Tolksdorf.

Last weekend the debate team competed for the state championship for public forum at the Central Michigan University campus in Mt. Pleasant. Brother Rice advanced to the semifinal round, but in a shocking upset, Cranbrook defeated them in a close round by a 2-1 decision.

Brother Rice finished 3rd overall in the state. While they did not win the school’s 15th state championship, our teams performed exceptionally well. The team of Oram and Coury had a perfect 4-0 record in the prelims, and Tolksdorf and Soltis had a 3-1 record in the prelims. In addition, Oram took 1st place speaker, Soltis took 3rd, and Coury took 4th