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Tuckahoe High School Debate Team Competes In The 'Big Bronx'

Tuckahoe High School Debate Team members Stephanie Brown, Maria Kyriakakos, Nicole Alimena, Giancarlo Conte and Monica Calce.
Tuckahoe High School Debate Team members Stephanie Brown, Maria Kyriakakos, Nicole Alimena, Giancarlo Conte and Monica Calce. Photo Credit: Courtesy Tuckahoe High School

TUCKAHOE, N.Y. -- The Tuckahoe High School debate team recently competed in the 43rd annual New York City Invitational.

The competition, also known as the "Big Bronx" drew forensics teams from 173 schools in 28 states. The Tuckahoe Public Forum team, comprised of senior Monica Calce and junior Nicole Alimena, recorded three wins, district officials said.

Stephanie Brown, Michael Collins, Giancarlo Conte, Maria Kyriakakos, Brian McMahon, and Julia Moschetta, acted as representatives responsible for affirming or negating proposed bills and resolutions in the Legislative Debate category. Tuckahoe students authored four bills, more than any other participating school, including "A Bill to Force the Disclose of Information between All Federal Investigation Agencies," "A Resolution to Abolish Article 2 Section 1 to Remove the Electoral College," "A Bill to Invest in the Development and Implementation of Nuclear Power Plants" and "A Bill to Invest in the Prohibition of Synthetic Pesticides." They scored points in three different chambers while proposing multiple bills and amendments to a mock congress, district representatives said.

David Bendlin is the team’s adviser and Assistant Principal Johanna Tramantano provided administrative support.

The team was "thrilled to participate in such a prestigious competition alongside some of our country’s finest high schools, including Regis, Horace Mann and Chapin. They are looking forward to competing in upcoming regional Metro-Hudson League tournaments, as well as other competitions in the National Circuit," Tramantano said in a press release from the district.

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