The Lincoln Academy Debate Team competed at Poland Regional High School on Saturday, January 21. The team, made up of mostly ninth and tenth graders, placed third overall at the tournament, and debaters were honored with many individual awards.
Two teams of ninth graders: Sophie Erickson ‘20 and Emma Hall ‘20, and Natasha Corlis-Brannan ‘20 and Anastasia Brown ‘20, received honorable mentions in Novice Public Forum. The 10th grade team of Gardner Skiff ‘19 and Chase Harris ‘19 received honorable mention in Varsity Public Forum. Sophomore Liam Cullina received an honorable mention in junior varsity Lincoln-Douglas debate. Paige Camp and Anne Jensdatter, both LA sophomores, competed with debaters from other high schools before ultimately meeting each other in the final round, with Paige securing the win. Jendsatter was ranked second in JV Lincoln Douglas, and Camp took first place with a perfect 4-0 record.
“I am extremely proud of our team,” said Lincoln Academy science teacher Matt Leland, who coaches the debate team. “We are very young, with most of the team being freshmen and sophomores. They are already very talented, and they are getting better all the time. They have great potential, and in the coming years they will surely become a force to be reckoned with.”
The team, which won the state championship in 2015, will compete in the 2017 State Debate Tournament on Saturday, January 28 at Brunswick High School.