From June 18th to June 22nd, seven Miami Beach Senior High School students, Guido Dominguez, Alexander Sherer, Tali Peretz, Pablo Gonzalez, Abigail Gualda, Annamaria Nuryasin, and Mitch Rogoff, coached by Russ Rywell competed in the National Speech and Debate Association’s National Tournament. After 15 rounds of competition debating the NAFTA treaty, the Public Forum Debate team of Alexander Sherer and Guido Dominguez finished 3rd in the nation out of the 287 teams that qualified and competed. This represents the best finish for a Miami-Dade County public school since Public Forum Debate became a national event in 2003.
To succeed at this level, students must hone their skills by facing the best competition throughout the year. This requires not only a tremendous effort and time commitment by the students, but the continuous support of parents, faculty, and the MBSH administration.