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Three Students advance to the National Speech and Debate Competition

Barnes, Causey, and Hinton

NEW ORLEANS - On Saturday, March 3, 2018, several St. Augustine High School students participated in the National Catholic Forensic League Qualifier held at Benjamin Franklin High School. Competitors vied for a spot to attend the Grand National Tournament held in Washington, D.C. over Memorial Day Weekend.

St. Augustine students Trey Causey, Jalen Hinton, and Marc Barnes Jr. qualified to compete in the National Championship against speech and debate students from the top public and private schools across the country.

Trey Causey earned first place overall in Congressional Debate and will represent St. Augustine High School and the New Orleans Catholic League in that category at the national tournament.

Congressional Debate is a mock legislative assembly competition where students draft bills and resolutions, which they and their peers later debate and vote to pass into law.

Marc Barnes Jr. and Jalen Hinton will compete in Policy Debate at the national tournament representing St. Augustine High School and the New Orleans Catholic League. 

Policy debate is a two-on-two competition that focuses on a policy question for the duration of the academic year. This format tests a student's research, analytical, and delivery skills. 

"It is quite an accomplishment to qualify for the National Speech and Debate Grand National Tournament in their first year truly as debaters," said Rahman McGill, St. Augustine Speech and Debate Head Coach. "These students are extraordinarily talented and this honor is a testament to their hard work and dedication."

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