After competing in a virtual qualifying tournament, junior Alex Dumas successfully qualified for the National Speech & Debate Association National Tournament, one of the largest speech and debate tournaments in the world.
Dumas, who qualified to compete in World Schools Debate, was selected to represent the Manatee District and will compete in a hybrid team composed of accomplished debaters from University School, Fort Lauderdale High School and McArthur High School. The combined district team will be coached by Luiz Bravim, whose goal is to bring a National Championship back to the district.
Though the tournament was originally scheduled to be held in Albuquerque, New Mexico, later this year, the tournament has now adopted a virtual format due to COVID-19.
Alex joins his brother Zach, who qualified for the NSDA National Tournament in Big Questions Debate back in March. Both will be competing for a national title and a $20,000 college scholarship.