Durfee’s Debate Team Wins Big

Caroline Aubin ‘15
Staff Reporter
March 14, 2014

Durfee’s Debate team has certainly earned their place as an established club. The newly formed team took home five awards at their final debate at New Bedford High School.

The entire Debate team is separated into two groups: the Affirmative Team and the Negative Team. Both teams, consisting of two or more members, compete at local debates. 

Durfee’s Affirmative Team, consisting of juniors Mason Thibault and Destynie Medeiros, won fourth best affirmative team. Thibault brought home an award for second best affirmative speaker in the league. Durfee’s Negative Team consists of sophomore Alex Ourique and junior Luis Cabral. The negative team won the award for eighth best negative team, and Cabral was awarded tenth best negative speaker. Both teams combined won fifth place overall.

Going into the final debate, affirmative team had a 7-1 record, losing only once against Bishop Stang High School. The negative team had a 5-3 record, losing against Hingham, Bishop Stang and Bishop Connolly. Before the final debate, the affirmative team was ranked number 2 and the negative team Number 9.

Though the team is only in its early stages, debate team advisor Timothy Hawkins was pleased with the success. " I feel the team really wanted to show what Durfee students were truly capable of instead of what some people perceive us to be", he stated. With it being their first year, Hawkins saw this season as a 'learning season" in terms of the debate protocol.

Affirmative team member Mason Thibault reflected on the success he and his teammates experienced. "We walked into the debate with a lot of expectations and a lot of pressure to win," Thibault stated. He hopes that they will represent the dedication and hard work put forth by not only the debate team, but from Durfee as a whole.

As for next year, the debate team is anticipating that more students will become involved. "We all have the mindset of improving and doing even better next year," Thibault said. Next year they hope to compete at the varsity level and bring home first place overall. If any students are interested in joining the debate team, contact Mr. Hawkins in Room 463.