Loyola Speech & Debate Hosts Chesapeake District Championship

This past Saturday, Loyola Speech & Debate hosted the Chesapeake District Championship for schools in Maryland, Delaware, and DC. The Dons won the speech sweepstakes award, took second place in the congress sweepstakes, and finished in third place overall.

At the awards ceremony, Loyola was presented the Leading Chapter Award, the highest recognition that a school can receive from the National Speech and Debate Association. This cumulative award is presented annually to the one school in each district that has accumulated the most members and degrees (achievement levels) over a series of years. Once a school wins this award, its point total returns to zero and begins the process again. Loyola’s award represents the hard work of over 150 students who earned 616 new degrees from 2012 to 2019.

Please congratulate the following Dons for their award-winning performances. Six have qualified to attend the NSDA National Tournament in Albuquerque in June.

Thomas Nickel –
District Champion in Informative Speaking (National Qualifier)

Kevin Wallner & Marlo Lacson –
2nd Place in Duo Interpretation (National Qualifiers)

Mateen Kane & David Ruiz –
4th Place in Duo Interpretation (1st Alternates)

Brendan Fanzone –
7th Place in Dramatic Interpretation
4th Place in Humorous Interpretation (2nd Alternate)

Mateen Kane –
2nd Place in Dramatic Interpretation (National Qualifer)

David Ruiz –
4th Place in Dramatic Interpretation (National Qualifier)

Kyle Weaver –
2nd Place in Humorous Interpretation (National Qualifier)

Marlo Lacson –
3rd Place in Original Oratory (Qualifying Spot, but attending in Duo)

David Adebogun –
3rd Place in Programmed Oral Interpetation (1st Alternate)

Jakob Taylor –
3rd Place in Congressional Debate (1st Alternate)

Kevin Wallner –
4th Place in Programmed Oral Interpretation (2nd Alternate)

Josh Zachariah –
5th Place in Humorous Interpretation (3rd Alternate)
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