Program History at the NCFL Grand National Tournament

The National Catholic Forensic League is one of the oldest national speech and debate league.  The NCFL Grand National is always held over Memorial Day weekend (graduation weekend here at Marist), so it is a way for our underclassmen to shine and enjoy the national championship scene.  

Marist has hosted two NCFL Qualifiers for the Atlanta diocese in 2011 and 2012, generating a new interest for the state in the Catholic Forensic League. Marist School has qualified twenty seven students to NCFL Nationals.

In 2015, the sophomore team of Duvall Adair '17 and Thomas Vance '17 went 11-4 in preliminary rounds in policy debate. The pair made it to the Octofinal Round losing to La Salle College High School (PA), placing 9th in the country.  

In 2016, the junior team of Duvall Adair '17 and Thomas Vance '17 went 10-5 in preliminary rounds in policy debate.  The pair made it to the Octofinal Round losing to Blue Valley Southwest High School (KS), placing 9th in the country.

2004-2005 Qualifiers (Milwaukee, WI)
Policy Debate: Philip Hairston & Vickie Stipick

2011-2012 Qualifiers (Baltimore, MD)
Policy Debate: Matthew Murphy & Liam Torpy
Congressional Debate: Brendan Phillips
Congressional Debate: Sterling DeSantis

2012-2013 Qualifiers (Philadelphia, PA)
Policy Debate: Chandler Apple & Quang Bui
Policy Debate: Sydney Apple & Ananya Malhotra
Congressional Debate: Brendan Phillips
Congressional Debate: Sterling DeSantis
Congressional Debate: Jonathan Dick

2013-2014 Qualifiers (Chicago, IL)
Policy Debate: Quang Bui & Thomas Vance
Public Forum Debate: Sydney Apple & Ryan McKenna
Public Forum Debate: Liam Torpy & Bailey Hall

2014-2015 Qualifiers (Fort Lauderdale, FL)
Policy Debate: Thomas Vance & Duvall Adair

2015-2016 Qualifiers (Sacramento, CA)
Policy Debate: Thomas Vance & Duvall Adair

2016-2017 Qualifiers (Louisville, KY)
Policy Debate: Thomas Vance & Duvall Adair
Policy Debate: Zoe Elledge & Andrew Zach