McQuaid Jesuit junior Michael Pavone finished in the top-12 nationally in Dramatic Performance at the National Catholic Forensic League’s (NCFL) 67th Grand National Speech & Debate Tournament May 25-27, 2018 in Washington, D.C.
For dramatic performance, students present selections from published plays, screenplays, fictional or non-fictional work that are either serious or humorous in nature. The selections must be memorized with a maximum length of 10 minutes. Pavone’s selection was from “Every Brilliant Thing,” a play by Duncan Macmillan that tells the story of a boy who starts a list of everything that is brilliant about the world for his mother who is chronically depressed.
“Michael did such a remarkable job that I was moved very nearly to tears,” one judge wrote in an email to McQuaid’s Speech & Debate coach, Kathy Ruppert. The judge went on to say, “Every moment was meticulously crafted and naturally delivered. Facial expression, authentic physicality, use of pause, eye contact, the accent, inflection and pace – all of it was there.”
To qualify for the Grand National Speech & Debate Tournament, a student’s school must be a member of the NCFL Local League. These leagues are geographically distributed across the United States. Each league develops its own qualification system for the national tournament. Some leagues use a point system while others
hold a qualifying tournament. League quotas represent the maximum number of entries in each category that can advance to the Grand National Tournament from each local league.
Pavone is one of 10 McQuaid students who will compete at the National Speech & Debate Tournament in Fort Lauderdale, Florida June 17-22, 2018.