PHOTO: Shane Dolan won the gavel as top ranked speaker.

ATLANTIC HIGHLANDS, NJ - Eighth grade student at Mother Teresa Regional School, Shane Dolan has won the gavel at the final debate of the school year.  Shane was the top ranked speaker at the debate which was held April 27th at Bolger Middle School.  Mother Teresa Regional School did well in the debate with every 8th grade student winning an award in their final debate of the year.

MTRS swept the top spots for individual speakers with Shane in first, Grace Molloy in second and Gabriela Compagni in third.  Rounding out the top 11 speakers were Ryann Rahm (5th), Dana McCulloch (6th), Kate Manning (8th), and Tabitha LaRocca (9th). The top ranked MTRS team of Tabitha LaRocca, Emily Conwell, and Steven Allegretta ranked third out of the 23 teams. Two other teams ranked in the top ten.  The 6th place team was Gabriela Compagni, Shane Dolan, and Grace Molloy and the 7th place team was Dana McCulloch, Ryann Rahm and Kate Manning.

MTRS Debate Team

As a school, Mother Teresa Regional won second place tournament award and second place school award. Those awards are given to the school with the most wins and the highest percentage of wins.

The debate program at Mother Teresa Regional School is an after school club moderated by Mrs. Katey Patrizio. The students have been very successful in this endeavor and have learned a great deal from the experience.  As part of the Garden State Debate League, the students have learned to be poised under pressure, research a topic from both sides of the debate, and speak in public and accept feedback publicly.  The program is in its second year at MTRS and continues to grow.

Top Three

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