Evan McCarty and Lee Quinn of the Mountain Brook High School Policy Debate Team won top honors at Emory University’s 56th annual Barkley Forum the weekend of Jan. 29. Predating the National Competition, the Barkley Forum is one of the most prestigious forensic tournaments in the U.S. and attracts the biggest names in high school debate. The team boasts a strong record of wins at the local and national level and was the first team from an Alabama school to win the tournament since Woodlawn took the first Barkley Forum in 1956.
The team went on to compete in the District Qualifying Tournament the weekend of March 6th, securing spots at this year’s National Championship. Evan McCarty and Lee Quinn earned the only spot in Policy debate for the region and Wyatt Moorer secured one of the two spots in Lincoln-Douglas debate. The National Championship will take place in Dallas, Texas the weekend of June 14.