HGP speech and debate team performs well on national stage
Holy Ghost Prep’s storied speech and debate program recently performed well on a pair of national stages—the National Catholic Forensics League’s Grand National Tournament in Washington, D.C. over Memorial Day Weekend and the 2018 National Speech and Debate Association (NSDA) National Tournament in Ft. Lauderdale, FL, from June 16-23.
At the Grand National Tournament in D.C., Justin Gabriele ’21 and Colton El-Habr ’20 both finished as semifinalists—reaching the top 24 in the categories of declamation and extemporaneous speaking, respectively. In addition, Shane McHugh ’18, who will attend Loyola (Md.) University in the fall, advanced to the semifinals in the Student Congress competition.
Holy Ghost Prep was also well represented at the recently-completed NSDA National Tournament in Florida as Brian Gabriele ’18. Shane McHugh ’18, Colin Landers ’18, and Luke Muller ’18 all competed.
Gabriele, a National Merit finalist who will attend Johns Hopkins University this fall, received special recognition as a four-time qualifier for NSDA Nationals. In order to qualify for nationals in each of his four years at Holy Ghost Prep, Gabriele had to capture on of the top two spots in the Valley Forge district in his discipline—which is no small feat.
The four graduating seniors—Gabriele, McHugh, along with the two-time state championship-winning duo interpretation team of Landers and Muller—all ended their stellar careers together at NSDA Nationals and have left an indelible mark on HGP’s forensics program.