Speech & Debate Team Wins Accolades

The last two weeks have been eventful for the Rockhurst High School Speech & Debate Team.  The team is led by teacher Mr. Phillip Helt '07.

On April 15, at the National Speech & Debate Association (NSDA) Show Me District Student Congress Tournament held at the Pembroke Hill School, the Rockhurst team took 1st Place in Overall Sweepstakes for the second straight year and qualified two students, senior Maguire Radosevic and junior Kaelan Jungmeyer, to the National Speech & Debate Association National Tournament, June 18 - 23, in Birmingham, Alabama.

Radosevic took 1st Place in the Senate and Jungmeyer took 1st Place in the House. This is the second year in a row that Radosevic has qualified to the National Tournament in Student Congress.

Additionally, junior Grant Lander took 4th Place in the Senate, while junior William Kanatzar and sophomore Jake Gose were finalists in the House Super Session (top 20 competitors).

On April 12, for the first time in school history, a Rockhurst team won the Kansas City Parliamentary Debate League (KCPDL) City Championship!

At the event, all five of Rockhurst's team entries placed at the tournament.  Freshmen Sam Anielak and Kenan Blakey were crowned Novice City Champions. Rockhurst placings at the tournament were as follows:

Novice City Championship Placings:
1st Place: Sam Anielak (Fr.) and Kenan Blakey (Fr.)
2nd Place: Ryan Connor (Fr.) and Luke Pittman (So.)
5th Place: Joe Herrington (Fr.) and Ethan Waterman (Fr.)

Varsity City Championship Placings:
2nd Place: Kaelan Jungmeyer (Jr.) and Drake Rebman (Jr.)
4th Place: George Carey (So.) and Grant Lander (Jr.)

In addition, several Rockhurst students were also recognized for their season-long performances, including Luke Pittman who was named the top Novice Power Speaker.

On April 8, Radosevic took 3rd Place at the Mid-West Regional Competition of the Ronald Reagan Great Communicator Debates held at the Harry S. Truman Presidential Library and Museum. 

For being a finalist, Maguire also earned a $2,000 scholarship that he can use during his undergraduate studies to attend the "Leadership and the American Presidency" Program, which invites college students to study and intern with a government agency in Washington, D.C. for a semester.  This college internship program is co-sponsored by the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and the Fund for American Studies.

On April 4, five Rockhurst schhed & debaters qualified to the 2017 National Catholic Forensic League Grand National Tournament.

  • Radosevic and Lander qualified in Public Forum Debate
  • Senior Liam Zahner and junior Clayton Anderson qualified in Lincoln-Douglas Debate
  • Jungmeyer qualified in Student Congress

These five students will compete at the Grand National Tournament in Louisville, Kentucky over Memorial Day Weekend!


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