The Stoneleigh-Burnham School Debate and Public Speaking Society participated in a Novice Parliamentary Extemporaneous Debate Tournament at St. Sebastian’s School in Needham, MA on Sunday, February 18, 2018.

Jackie Kennick ’19 won an award for being Stoneleigh-Burnham’s top speaker. In addition, the two-person team of Jackie and Kate Kowalyshynm ’20 were 3-0.

Coach Karen Pleasant noted that SBS purposefully sent completely new debaters to the tournament in order provide them with some experience at competitions. She said the tournament was a valuable learning experience for everyone.

In addition to novices at the competition, Julia Thayer ’18 joined the group to support the SBS team but also to meet with other students going to the World Individual Debating and Public Speaking Championship in Cape Town, South Africa this spring. Thayer qualified for the U.S. Team to compete at Worlds, along with classmate Sophie Hathaway ’18.