The BDL started the 2010-2011 season out with a bang. Over 185 students competed at our first tournaments- thats right- we said tournaments. The BDL has gotten so big we have too many students debating at one time to fit in one school. Last year our largest tournament had 111 students, and that year saw the BDL double student participation from there year before.
At our East Boston High School site, New Mission took home the tournament championship, with East Boston finishing a close second and taking home the coveted Spirit Award- given to the team with the strongest student participation. The New Mission team of Gena White and Darien Amado won the varsity division, where Gena was also named the top varsity speaker. The East Boston team of Maria Rodriguez and Logan Young finished second. In the novice Division, the New Mission team of Mariama Sano and Micah Mignott were the winners. Special Congratulations go to Urban Science Academy who had three of the eight teams in quarterfinals, as well as the top speaker- Vanessa Bertrand. Also of note is English High School who, in their first year of the league, had a novice team in the final round- Marian Adbi and Arthur Thomas, as well as Burke High School, also in their first year, who had a novice team that was undefeated going into the quarterfinals-Katie Drake-Cook and Dorell Brimage. Full East Boston results can be found here.
At our Brighton High School site, Boston Latin Academy was named tournament champion, with Dorchester Academy finishing second and Brighton High taking home the coveted Spirit Award. The Dorcehster team of Jon Thach and Claudia Torres were the champions of the varsity division, with Brighton High’s Nicholas Cathcart and Roger Perez finishing second. Leroy Chan of Josiah Quincy was named the top speaker. In the Novice Divison, the BLA team of Shawnna Thomas and Victoria Nguyen were the tournament champions, defeating Juwan Skeens from ExCel Academy, another new school in the league. Brandy Giles of Charlestown was the top speaker. Special Congratulations to BLA, which had six of the eight novice quarterfinalists, and Josiah Qunicy which had three fo the top eight varsity teams. Full results of the Brighton site can be found here.