On June 17-20, Zach Dyar '20 and Liam Will '20 traveled to Dallas, Texas to compete against the country's top debaters in the 2019 National Speech and Debate Tournament. The pair went 11-1 in the preliminary debates and had 4 elimination rounds that they won 3-0. Their overall tournament record was 25-5 and they placed 12th out of 266 teams.
Zach and Liam's 12th place finish was the best finish by a SPA team in the School's history. Due to their result, the pair is now automatically qualified for the national tournament in 2020, as well as the national Tournament of Champions. In addition, they were asked to apply for the USA team, that represents the country in international debate competition.