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Dieumitha Ferdelus, a senior in the Pre-Law Academy, participated in Oral Interpretation, and Linedije Joseph, a junior in the academy, participated in Student Congress during the Palm Beach Catholic Forensic League Speech and Debate competition Jan. 16 at Palm Beach Gardens High School.

Ferdelus received top scores and was ranked seventh in her event. “It was most competitive yet fun and a great learning experience,” said Ferdelus.

She and Joseph were coached by Lonnie Martens, center, Psychology, Pre-Law and Debate teacher at Inlet Grove.

“You have to know where you are from, and where you are going,” said Ferdelus.

“In debate, if you know these three main values, ” said Joseph, “there’s nothing that can stop you from being successful, whether or not you place at the end of the day.”

Joseph will soon be inducted into the National Speech and Debate Association Honor Society, having earned more competition points than any other Inlet Grove Debate Student. She and Zyon McMahon, a sophomore in the IB Academy will be competing in the National Qualifier Student Congress Debate in February. Winners will travel to Sacramento, CA for the finals in May.

Inlet Grove has had one previous National Qualifier, Taylor Moore, class of 2009.

 

Other participating schools:

Boca Raton Community High School

Cardinal Newman High School

Dreyfoos School of the Arts

Forest Hill Community High School

Martin County High School

Olympic Heights High School

South Tech Academy

The Kings Academy

Wellington High School

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Hello, I am Shirley Pierre, a senior in the Journalism Academy, also an editor-in-chief and videographer for GroveWatch. In my last year I also want...

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4 Responses to “Queens of Debate”

  1. Lonnie Martens on January 29th, 2016 7:14 am

    Very proud of these young ladies and all the students who participate in competitive debate!

  2. Ms. Pientka on January 29th, 2016 7:28 am

    I had the pleasure of attending a charity luncheon with Mrs. Martens this past weekend and was sitting next to two lovely ladies who had “judged” the debates previously. They were so very impressed with our debate students! You are amazing students.

  3. Micaja Jeune on January 29th, 2016 10:21 am

    So proud! Game On Canes!

  4. Negela Jeanfrancois on February 3rd, 2016 12:22 pm

    Keep up the good work guys.

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