Debate Team Ends Season at National Tournament

Congratulations are in order for the Padre Pio Speech & Debate Team. After a strong season with high showings in the Ohio tournament, team members Gideon Fry and Balin Kimbrell competed in the Tournament of Champions last weekend hosted at the University of Kentucky. The team placed 13th out of the 30 teams in this prestigious national competition. A great end to a great season!!! Congratulations to Coach Kimbrell and to the boys who have worked so hard this year!

Congratulations to the PPA Speech & Debate Team!

Balin Kimbrell and Gideon Fry won the OSDA (Ohio Speech and Debate Association) State Championship for Middle School 2-Person Debate. They went undefeated in the final tournament held this past Saturday at Poland Middle School in Poland, OH.

In addition, the team which also included Andrew Fry and help from Olive Kimbrell during the season, also accomplished the following

Mentor High School Champions, Novice 2-Person Debate (this is the first high school tournament the team has ever won)

Hathaway Brown School Champions, Middle School 2-Person Debate

Brecksville-Broadview Heights High School Champions, Middle School 2-Person Debate

Solon High School Champions, Middle School 2-Person Debate

Balin and Gideon went undefeated in the State of Ohio all year

The entire team went undefeated in the State of Ohio all year

Gideon Fry was ranked 7th place speaker at Groves High School in High School (Michigan) Novice 2-Person Debate Tournament.

Gideon Fry was ranked 10th place speaker at Wayne State University (Michigan) Novice 2-Person Debate Tournament.

In addition to the Middle School tournaments, Balin, Gideon, and Andrew competed in six high school level tournaments this year to gain experience and won their share of rounds against much older students.

Balin and Gideon have been accepted to compete at the University of Kentucky - Tournament of Champions tournament this year in May. It is considered by many to be the most competitive and elite debate event in the country and has teams from all over the United States. In addition, Balin and Gideon qualify to represent Ohio at the OSDA National Championships in Texas in June in which there will be debaters from every state. If we attend, they will be competing at the Middle School level in both tournaments.

Its been a great year! We shall see how the national tournaments go and hopefully grow the team next year.

Congratulations Class of '18

Padre Pio Academy will graduate its very first high school class this spring on Friday, May 25th at LaCentre in Westlake, OH. We're very proud of these 7 young men and women who, collectively, have been offered over a half million dollars in grants and scholarships to colleges and universities! The students have been accepted to a number of institutions including:

University of Dayton

Baldwin Wallace University

Cleveland State University

Mercyhurst University

Catholic University of America

George Mason University

Ohio Northern

Washington & Jefferson College

John Carroll University

Cuyahoga County Community College 

Franciscan University of Steubenville

Bowling Green State University

Kent State

Benedictine College

Lorain Community College

Click Here to see the 2018 Summer Academy catalog