Purple Knights News · Students place, qualify for state at Riverdale Debate Tournament


A group of St. Augustine High School debate team members traveled to Riverdale High School to compete in the Second Annual Riverdale Revolution Speech and Debate Tournament.

Placing were:

  • Jalen Hinton and Marc Barnes: 4-1
  • Wardell Royal and Jermaine Lewis: 3-1

On Saturday, January 27, Jalen Hinton and Marc Barnes competed in the semi-finals earning third place and qualifying for state.  The St. Augustine Speech and Debate Team is coached by Rahman M. McGill.

The Riverdale competition kicked off on Friday, January 26 with competition extending through Saturday, January, 27. The tournament offered 4 preliminary rounds for each style of debate and 2 guaranteed preliminary rounds for individual events. In speech events with only one panel of entrants, there were 3 rounds and they counted as a panel. In events with two panels, finals occured after 3 rounds. If the event had 3 panels, they went to semi-finals following round 2 and then the final round.