William Tennent High School Debate Team

The William Tennent High School debate team participants in tournaments sponsored by or affiliated with the Southeastern Pennsylvania Debate League (SPDL), Philadelphia Catholic Forensic League (PCFL), Pennsylvania High School Speech League (PHSSL), National Catholic Forensic League (NCFL) and National Forensic League (NFL).

We are always pursuing interested students to join the team. We compete nearly the entire school year, easily allowing students to work around other pursuits, such as athletics.
To join the debate team, please contact volunteer coach Chris Berdnik at berdch@centennialsd.org.  

Our Results 
Coolidge Debates, Mineola, NYOpenMay 22, 2017
Ethan Knox2ndLincoln-Douglas
Reagan Debates, NE Regional in NYOpenMay 15, 2017 
Ethan Knox SemifinalistGreat Communicator
Southern Lehigh InvitationalOpenApril 29, 2017
Ethan Knox1st Lincoln-Douglas 
Bucks County Big QuestionsOpen  April 20 & 24, 2017
Ethan Knox 2ndVarsity BQ Debate
Nick Simila 1st JV BQ Debate  
Cailean Cavanaugh3rdJV BQ Debate   
Thomas Ford5thJV BQ Debate  
JV FinalsPCFLApril 1, 2017
Cailean Cavanaugh & Nick Simila 1stJV Policy Debate
Lars Midthassel 6thJV Lincoln-Douglas
Thomas Ford8thJV Student Congress
Big Questions at UnionvilleOpenMarch 31, 2017
Nick Simila2ndJV BQ Debate 
Big Questions at Strath HavenOpenMarch 28, 2017
Ethan Knox2ndVarsity BQ Debate
Nick Simila1stJV BQ Debate
State ChampionshipPHSSLMarch 17-18, 2017
Cailean Cavanaugh & Nick Simila QuarterfinalistPolicy Debate
Ellyes AdnaneQuarterfinalist Impromptu
Varsity Finals/National QualifierPCFLMarch 4, 2017
Ethan KnoxNat'l Qualifier Lincoln-Douglas
Cailean Cavanaugh & Nick Simila7th/8th Policy Debate
Lars Midthassel9th/10thLincoln-Douglas
District 12 State Qualifier PHSSLFebruary 25, 2017
Cailean Cavanaugh & Nick Simila1stPolicy Debate
Lars Midthassel & Thomas Ford2ndPolicy Debate
Ethan Knox2ndLincoln-Douglas
Perkiomen ValleyPCFLFebruary 18, 2017
Ethan Knox1stVarsity Lincoln-Douglas  
Cailean Cavanaugh & Nick Simila 2ndVarsity Policy Debate
Elyanor Adnane4thJV Student Congress
SPDL Playoffs, Round 2 SPDLFebruary 15, 2017 
Cailean Cavanaugh & Nick Simila 1stPolicy Debate 
SPDL Playoffs, Round 1SPDLFebruary 8, 2017
Ethan Knox OctofinalistLincoln-Douglas  
Pennsbury Falcon Invitational OpenFebruary 3-4, 2017
Ellyes Adnane 2nd Radio Announcing
Cailean Cavanaugh 4th Radio Announcing 
Nick Simila8thRadio Announcing 
Ethan KnoxCut-on-points Varsity Lincoln-Douglas  
Downingtown East PCFL January 27, 2017
Ethan Knox 1st Varsity Lincoln-Douglas  
Cailean Cavanaugh & Nick Simila 1st JV Policy Debate 
EL Meyers, Wilkes-Barre, PAOpenJanuary 21, 2017
Ethan Knox1stVarsity Lincoln-Douglas 
Ethan Knox1stVLD Speaker Award
Cailean Cavanaugh & Lars Midthassel 1st JV Policy Debate
Elyanor Adnane 3rdMLK Original Oratory 
Ellyes Adnane3rdMLK Original Poetry
Ellyes Adnane6th MLK Commentary
Freehold Township, NJOpenJanuary 14, 2017
Ethan Knox5th Varsity Lincoln-Douglas 
Nick Simila5thNovice Lincoln-Douglas
Hunterdon Central, NJOpenJanuary 7, 2017
Cailean Cavanaugh2ndNovice Lincoln-Douglas
Council Rock NorthPCFLDecember 16, 2016
Cailean Cavanaugh & Nick Simila1st JV Policy Debate
Ethan Knox2ndVarsity Lincoln-Douglas
Andre Roberson3rd JV Lincoln-Douglas
Lars Midthassel5thJV Lincoln-Douglas 
La Salle College HSOpenDecember 10, 2016
Ethan KnoxSemifinalistVarsity Lincoln-Douglas
Lars Midthassel Semifinalist JV Lincoln-Douglas 
Cailean Cavanaugh & Nick Simila Semifinalist JV Policy Debate 
Randolph, NJOpenNovember 19, 2016
Ethan Knox 6th Varsity Lincoln-Douglas 
Lars Midthassel  7thJV Lincoln-Douglas  
Dallastown Open November 12, 2016 
Ethan KnoxSemifinalist Varsity Lincoln-Douglas 
Lars Midthassel Semifinalist JV Lincoln-Douglas  
Nick Simila 1st Program Oral Interpretation
Cailean Cavanaugh 2nd Program Oral Interpretation 
Central PCFL November 10, 2016 
Ethan Knox 1st Varsity Lincoln-Douglas  
Cailean Cavanaugh & Nick Simila  1st JV Policy Debate  
William Tennent Open November 5, 2016 
Ethan Knox  1st JV Lincoln-Douglas   
Ethan Knox 2nd Speaker JV Lincoln-Douglas    
Lars Midthassel   Semifinalist   JV Lincoln-Douglas 
Cailean Cavanaugh & Nick Simila  2nd JV Policy Debate 
Nick Simila 2nd Speaker JV Policy Debate  
Cailean Cavanaugh 3rd Speaker JV Policy Debate  
UnionvillePCFL October 29, 2016 
Lars Midthassel    1st JV Lincoln-Douglas 
Ethan Knox 2nd JV Lincoln-Douglas 
Cailean Cavanaugh & Nick Simila 1st JV Policy Debate   
Strath Haven PCFL October 8, 2016 
Lars Midthassel     2nd JV Lincoln-Douglas  
Ethan Knox 3rd JV Lincoln-Douglas