Lincoln Academy’s qualifiers for national Debate Tournaments in Milwaukee and Dallas. From left: Lincoln Academy students and national debate qualifiers Paige Camp, Erin Dworkin, Debate Coach Matt Leland, Grace Canny, and Riley Stevenson.

On February 1 and February 8, Lincoln Academy’s State Champion Debate Team competed in tournaments to qualify for the National Catholic Forensic League (NCFL) Grand Nationals in Milwaukee, Wisconsin in May and the National Speech and Debate Association (NSDA) Championship Tournament in Dallas, Texas in June. After these qualifying meets, four LA students have qualified, the most Lincoln Academy students to ever be invited to Nationals in a single year.

Senior Paige Camp, who competes in Lincoln-Douglas debate, is an alternate at the NCFL tournament and a national qualifier at NSDA tournament. The team of juniors Grace Canny and Erin Dworkin will compete Public Forum Debate at the NCFL, and sophomore Riley Stevenson will join their team to compete in World Schools Debate at the NSDA.

Debate Coach Matt Leland, who teaches science at LA, said, “This has been the most successful year for Lincoln Academy debate since we re-launched the team in 2011. We are very happy to send this team of young women on to represent Lincoln Academy and the state of Maine at national debate events this summer.”