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Portland High Debate Team Honored by School Board

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Portland High Debate Team Honored by School Board
Posted on 02/04/2016
The Portland Board of Public Education and Interim Superintendent Jeanne Crocker recently recognized Portland High School Debate Team members for their performance in the high school debate state finals.

The recognition took place at the board’s Feb. 2 meeting.

By adding up the cumulative award points from student participants, Portland High School finished fifth in the entire state in the Debate Category at the Maine Forensic Association (MFA) State Tournament in Lewiston on Jan. 23.

Three Portland High students finished fourth in their division: Kate Hungerford, Jake Bosma and Ryan Lizanecz. Jerzy Sylvester is State Champion for Lincoln-Douglas Debating, winning five consecutive rounds.

The topic for the debaters was: “In the United States, private ownership of handguns ought to be banned.” Students had to be prepared to argue the topic from both sides.

Portland High plans on sending four students to the National Qualifiers Tournament at Poland Regional High School on Feb. 6.

“The team is very excited,” PHS debate coach Mike Quinn said. “This is the best performance they had all season, and they saved it for the state finals. Amazing, what these kids accomplished!”