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Big Win for Oratory and Debate Team

by cnewman

Mount Mercy Academy's Oratory and debate Team opened their season with a big win on Saturday, October 15 at the annual Mount Mercy Academy Invitational. Oratory and Debate, or Forensics, deals with various forms of public speaking, including debate, drama, interpretation and oratory. Competing against various schools from Buffalo and Rochester, Mount Mercy is the only female  team in Western New York. In addition, the Mercy team also travels to state and national competitions.

Special awards were presented in addition to team awards. Victoria Allen, Sarah Emmerling, Jenna Kersten, Isabella Spann and Katie Weaver placed first in their respective categories, while Janessa Cijigar and Julianna Diamond placed second. Seniors Emily Anderson and Samantha Ventura placed third in debate as did Olivia Tackas, Olivia Crawford and Joelle Wagner all placed third in their categories.

The team competes twice a month on Saturdays through the school year. This year's state tournament will be in Albany and the national competition will be held in Baltimore, MD.

"Attending Mount Mercy Academy is one of the best decisions I could have made. Since day one they have challenged me academically, to strive and succeed. For the past two years at Mount Mercy, I received so much help from all the teachers. They are always open to help me with any questions I have. My teachers have even taken time whenever they can to help me to do well with upcoming tests and quizzes. With their help I have been on both honor rolls, and have been a scholar athlete."

Bella Longo

Class of 2019

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