Mount Mercy Academy's Oratory & Debate Team Places Second in Regional Canisius Tournamentby cnewman
Mount Mercy Academy placed second at the annual Canisius High School Speech and Debate tournament on November 9, 2013. Fourteen students participated in this annual event which included schools from Buffalo and Rochester. Mercy placed second by a narrow amount to Webster Schroeder High School and topped Harley School of Rochester, City Honors and Rochester's McQuaid Jesuit High School.
Special awards went to sophomore Dramatic Duo team, Mandy Manquen and Aubrey Dempsey, who placed first. Teammates Allyson Pfeil and Diana Henshaw placed third. Mercy went 2-3 in Junior Varsity Oral Interpretation with sophomore Hannah Luterek and freshman Liz Colton. Senior Katie Weaver placed third in Varsity Oral Interp. Seniors Isabella Spann and Olivia Crawford placed second in Public Forum Debate. Senior Victoria Allen placed first in Dramatic Interpretation.
The team next travels to Webster Schroeder High School on November 16 and finishes their November schedule at the Rochester School of the Arts before starting their busy December schedule. Students compete all year to attend the New York State Championships as well as the National Catholic Forensic League Championships in Chicago in May.