Learning through experience

Published May 8, 2017 at 4:00pm

It may have been a version of David vs. Goliath, but the Rome Free Academy Speech and Debate Club members showed how much talent and heart they have at the State Speech and Debate Tournament last month on Long Island.

Club Adviser Michael Lacey said the RFA team, relatively inexperienced, had to compete with larger, more-seasoned schools, some of which have well over 100 students who participate in 40 tournaments per year.

The RFA team didn’t advance to the final round but participants had “a great academic and cultural experience at a state championship event,” said Lacey.

Congratulations to Devon Bosco-Johnson, Imani Turner, Derek Swift, John George and Katgerina Dragojevic. The students advanced through six of the 10 rounds. It was the first time in several years that the team had competitive participation in interscholastic tournaments.

Lacey thanked the Rome community for its support, the local Front of the Class educational charity as well as community members.

With this tournament behind them, and the experience that goes with that competition, we’re sure that the debate team will excel again in the future.