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Dumas '21 Finishes Top 8 at NCFL Grand National Tournament
Erin Herbert

On Saturday, May 25 and Sunday, May 26, three Cardinal Gibbons students, Camila Jaramillo, Jillian Malinsky and Zach Dumas, competed at the National Catholic Forensics League National Tournament at Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. This tournament featured over 2,000 students from 500+ high schools and 47 U.S. states and territories.

Dumas, a sophomore, placed in the Top 8 (Quarterfinalist) in Lincoln-Douglas Debate. To be eligible to compete at Nationals, he had to qualify in the Top 6 in the Archdiocese of Miami region, then win at least four preliminary rounds at Nationals, then win the play-in round, double-octofinal round and octofinal round in a single elimination format. Dumas dropped in the quarterfinals to the National Champion on a razor-thin 2-1 ballot. He went further in the tournament than any other student from Florida in Lincoln-Douglas Debate.