Sacred Heart hosts debate tournament

Convent of the Sacred Heart’s speech and debate team had another big competition. In back from left,  is Virginia Blessing, Christina Paolicelli, Grace Isford. and in front, from left, Stephanie Mellert, Jennifer Esposito, Sarah McDonald, Abby Smith, Marissa Licursi and Jane Mikus. Also in the photo are Jayne Collins, at left, head of the Upper School and the team’s advisor and coach Paul Grisanti.

Convent of the Sacred Heart’s speech and debate team had another big competition. In back from left, is Virginia Blessing, Christina Paolicelli, Grace Isford. and in front, from left, Stephanie Mellert, Jennifer Esposito, Sarah McDonald, Abby Smith, Marissa Licursi and Jane Mikus. Also in the photo are Jayne Collins, at left, head of the Upper School and the team’s advisor and coach Paul Grisanti.

Recently 300 young debate aficionados gathered at Convent of the Sacred Heart for the New York Catholic Forensic League’s February contest.

“Twenty CSH students and 10 team parents provided hospitality of the first order,” said Upper School faculty member Paul Grisanti, who is also the team’s advisor and coach. “Captains Christina Paolicelli, Stephanie Mellert, Marissa Licursi and Grace Isford devoted many hours to help bring about our wonderful event.”

Sacred Heart juniors Virginia Blessing and Pippa Leigh qualified for the Super Session of Congressional Debate, finishing tenth and twelfth respectively and Grace Isford won fifth place in Varsity Extemporaneous Speaking. Seniors Katy Kugler, who won a finalist award in Varsity Oral Interpretation of Literature, and Abby Smith, who finished second in that category, were also recognized. Abby has attained a half-qualification for the state championships in April.

“As our post-season starts, we look towards state and national competitions,” Mr. Grisanti said.

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