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It’s Not Debatable: Deering Students are #1!

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It’s Not Debatable: Deering Students are #1!
Posted on 03/26/2021
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Deering High School juniors Emily Cheung and Balqies Mohamed competed earlier this month in the National Qualifying Speech and Debate Tournament for the National Catholic Forensic League (NCFL) – and placed FIRST overall in Public Forum!

The stellar Deering debaters bested teams that included Phillips Exeter, Falmouth, Cape Elizabeth, and Lincoln Academy.

The win means Emily and Balqies are going to nationals! The NCFL National Tournament will be held virtually over Memorial Day weekend.

“If you see Emily or Balqies in the coming days, be sure to congratulate them on their outstanding performance, which they can add to their already long lists of academic and other achievements. Deering has some truly remarkable students!!” said Molly Callaghan, who advises the DHS Debate Team, along with Krista Simonis.

Deering Co-Principal Abdullahi Ahmed said, “Kudos to DHS Debate Team advisors, Ms. Callaghan and Ms. Simonis, and the students!”

The win by Emily and Balquies is another in a series of tournament successes by DHS Debate Team members over recent years.