LA Debaters (from left): Alex Welch ‘15, Elise Dumont ‘16, Finn Glendenning ‘16, Ally Wehrle `16, Ed Frankonis ‘15, Kate Laemmle ‘16, Johanna Neeson ‘16, Linh Nguyen ‘17, Alejandro Ramos ‘16, and Isabella Watmough ‘16 wait for the awards ceremony to begin at the National Forensic League qualifying meet at Brunswick High School on February 28. High scoring debaters will move on to national level debate events. Photo courtesy of Amy Leland.

LA Debaters (from left): Alex Welch ‘15, Elise Dumont ‘16, Finn Glendenning ‘16, Ally Wehrle `16, Ed Frankonis ‘15, Kate Laemmle ‘16, Johanna Neeson ‘16, Linh Nguyen ‘17, Alejandro Ramos ‘16, and Isabella Watmough ‘16 wait for the awards ceremony to begin at the National Forensic League qualifying meet at Brunswick High School on February 28. Photo courtesy of Amy Leland.

Members of the Lincoln Academy Debate team will go on to national level debate events after competing in two Maine State qualifying events. Ten LA debaters participated in the two qualifying events, and six members of the team scored high enough to qualify for the next level of debate.

The Catholic Forensic League (CFL) qualifying meet was held February 21 at Poland High School. Johanna Neeson qualified to represent Maine at the CFL national meet and Isabella Watmough is first alternate.

The National Forensic League (NFL) National qualifying meet was held at Brunswick High School on Saturday, February 28. Alex Welch will be representing Maine at the NFL national meet for Lincoln Douglas debate. Elise Dumont is the first alternate.

Other LA Debaters who were successful during the qualifying meets include Ed Frankonis, who is the second alternate for Congress, and the team of Ally Wehrle and Johanna Neeson, who are are third alternate for Duo, a Speech event.

The debaters who move on will attend the CFL Nationals in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida over Memorial Day weekend and the NFL Nationals in Dallas, Texas from June 14 through June 19.