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No Debate about It: Deering is a winner!

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No Debate about It: Deering is a winner!
Posted on 01/31/2019
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The Deering High School Debate Team racked up awards at the Maine State Championship Speech and Debate Tournament at Thornton Academy on Jan. 26.

Deering Juniors Glynis O'Meara and Aidan Reid came in first in the Varsity Public Forum. Aidan Blum-Levine, a 10th-grader, and ninth-grader Linh Nguyen won the championship for the Novice Public Forum — which is open to freshmen and sophomores in their first year of interscholastic debate — and ninth-graders Balqies Mohamed and Emily Cheung came in second in that event.

To top it all off, the Deering team won the Sportsmanship Award. Deering was chosen for that team award by a vote of all the 27 schools competing.

At the event, put on by the Maine Forensic Association (MFA), the students debated the resolution: “The United States federal government should prioritize reducing the federal debt over promoting economic growth.”

When asked his reaction to the Deering Debate Team’s success, Coach Brian Dodge said, “In a word: Ecstatic! Deering Debate has consistently improved every year I've coached them. Last year was a tremendous success as well but we've never won so many awards or done so well as individuals or a team at the State Tournament. I'm incredibly proud of our team!”

Dodge, who also is MFA president, said that Deering has won three individual state champions in six years. “All I can say is that no other school in the state has dominated a category of debate like we have with Public Forum over the past couple of years,” he said. “We are the best in the state when it comes to Public Forum. To be this good in a category and at multiple levels (Novice and Varsity) is almost unheard of.”

The team still has more competitions ahead of it.

On Saturday, Feb. 2, the students will compete at Poland Regional High School for a spot to attend the National Catholic Forensic League's national tournament in Milwaukee, Wis.

Then, on Saturday, Feb. 9, the students will go to Brunswick High School to compete for a spot at the National Speech and Debate Association's national tournament in Dallas, Texas. 
Deering Debate winners January 2019