Joey Schnide, a graduating senior at Evanston Township High School, has won the top prize at the national Lincoln-Douglas Debate competition in Fort Lauderdate, Fla..

Schnide finished atop a field of 211 debaters from 26 states at the National Catholic Forensic League Grand National Tournament this weekend.

After winning all five preliminary debates, Joey advanced to elimination rounds as the second seed in the field; he then won five straight elimination rounds to claim the championship. 

Participants at the tournament debated the resolution “When in conflict, international actions to counter terrorism ought to take priority over national interests.” 

This is the second national speech and debate championship for ETHS and the school’s first at the NCFL Grand National Tournamen, and first national championship in Lincoln-Douglas debate.

The National Catholic Forensic League hosts the Grand National Tournament each year in May and welcomes all publci and private schools in the United States and Canada to participate. Students qualify through district competition.

Also qualifying for and competing at nationals for ETHS were freshmen Jade Johnson, Yolanda Odufuwa, and Sofia Chaudruc; sophomores Henry Smith, Daisy Chaudruc, and Allison Grimsted; and juniors Logan Pearlman and Bella Senno.

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