This month the Lincoln Academy Debate team was honored by the National Speech and Debate Association by being invited to join the prestigious “100 Club,” recognizing the LA team’s competitive success as well as service to debate-related activities as being one of the top in the nation.
According to the October, 2018 award letter from the J. Scott Wunn, Executive Director of the Association, the 100 Club recognizes the top 25% of high school debate teams nationwide, and states, “this milestone is remarkable because it demonstrates outstanding commitment to teaching students essential life skills–including communication, research, listening, writing, and organization.”
The Lincoln Academy Debate team has achieved notable successes in recent years under the leadership of coach Matt Leland, a Lincoln Academy science teacher who has coached the team for eight years. These success include winning the the 2016 Maine State Debate championship as well as coaching nine students to qualification in national debate events.
The 2018-19 debate season has just begun. Lincoln Academy kicked off the season on October 13 by hosting a novice tournament that gave new debaters from more than 20 Maine high schools a chance to hone their skills. The season will go until March, when state and regional tournaments begin.