We plead guilty. When it comes to praising the successes gained by our little school we do not hold back. We are deliberately lavish when we applaud the accomplishments of our graduates especially when an exceptional triumph has been realized. The purpose of this little note is to trumpet a truly exceptional victory. In the world of debating and public speaking the competitors usually begin at a provincial level and then move up to a national level. Winners of national titles can move on to the World Championships. These championships are held annually in various cities around the world. The debaters come from elite schools in many countries so the competition is very spirited. According to Mr. Bellisario, DEL’s renowned debating coach, it is extremely unusual, in his recollections, to have any school repeat as winners. It is just too difficult.
However, De La Salle has overthrown the settled order, cut the Gordian Knot and set a new precedent, perhaps never to be equaled. The World Champion for 2018 is this year’s Valedictorian Megan Campbell. Four years ago, the same title was won by her brother Connor Campbell. Since the world is very big and DEL, as noted, is very small, we must cherish this unique achievement. No two debaters from the same school ever managed this feat. The Campbell siblings have dominated the debating world dramatically.
Two world titles from the same school and the same family. In this great Cathedral of Creation many wonders visit us to entertain, delight or threaten. From dazzling comets to vicious volcanoes to delightful little hummingbirds, the Creator is varied in His visitations. One of these he bestowed on De La Salle. It was a few short centuries coming, since La Salle founded his schools in France in 1719, but it came. We humbly rejoice in our champions because we understand the necessary labours required. So, if we are happy with our little school, we must admit we are guilty.
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