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Students -- and Delbarton School -- Win Awards at National Speech & Debate Tournament

Martin Page, director of the Delbarton Forensic Society with LaJaun Foust, reports that the Delbarton speech and debate team earned a School of Honor Award for its performance at the National Speech and Debate Association (NSDA) National Tournament.

Christopher Maximos '19 placed 3rd in the country in extemporaneous speaking to cap off one of the most successful careers in Delbarton history...

Christopher Maximos takes 3rd place

-- and Yash Patel '19 and John Manahan '19 finished 4th in the country in Public Forum Debate.

“Christopher has had an amazing career over the past four years. His consistency is unmatched, and we’re very proud of him,” says Foust. Maximos has consistently placed in the top 6 at national championship and invitational tournaments, including placing first at the Emory tournament in January.

Eight students represented Delbarton in Dallas at the annual Tournament, the largest team the School ever fielded at Nationals.

Rohan Amin '20 and Andrew Fostiropouolos '20 participated on the New Jersey District World Schools Debate team, where they competed as members of teams with other students from around New Jersey and reached the first elimination round. Jack Townsend '19 and Alex Luo '19 made it to the top 83 in Public Forum Debate.

As the school year comes to an end, Page now steps down as co-director of the high-achieving Delbarton Forensic Society after a steady stream of successes. He says, "As my time at Delbarton comes to a close, I'm so proud of how we did at Nationals. Earning a team award at the National Championship tournament is a testament to how we worked together this week and throughout the year.” The Delbarton community thanks Martin Page for the commitment he demonstrated to the Forensics program and to our student competitors.

Delbarton Public Forum teams have finished in the top 14 at the NSDA National Tournament repeatedly since 2009. Manahan, Patel, and Maximos all enjoyed impressive high school careers, and their performance in Dallas was a fitting culmination of their hard work. Now, all three head off to college this fall: Manahan to Villanova, Patel to University of Michigan and Maximos to Stanford University.  “Continuing the legacy of Delbarton debate’s success at Nationals was a great way for us to end our career,” said Manahan.

Despite a strong graduating class, the future of the Delbarton team continues to look bright. Three underclassmen, including rising junior Dylan Cawley '21, competed at Nationals, gaining valuable experience as they prepare for next year. The team's 2019-2020 season kicks off with the Byram Hills tournament in September. Stay tuned for more great news from this signature Delbarton program!