STA Student Qualifies for National Forensic League's National Tournament | Arts & Culture
St. Thomas Academy student Elliot Polsky recently qualified for the National Forensic League's National Tournament in Indianapolis next June. Polsky, a Burnsville resident, qualified in the Lincoln-Douglas Debate, which places heavy emphasis on logic, ethical values, and philosophy.
The Lincoln-Douglas Debates are one of nine primary events at the national tournamnet, including four different debate styles. In the Lincoln-Douglas format, each debater represents the opposite side of a proposed value held by individuals, societies, or governments. There's no formal plan for resolution provided by either side, and the debaters offer generalize, practical solutions to illustrate how a general principal can guide solutions. Each contestant gets 13 minutes of speaking time. Rounds last about 40 minutes.
Polsky is the first St. Thomas Academy cadet to reach the national tournament in five years and the first to qualify in the Lincoln-Douglas Debates in 17 years.