BICEN Spends “Night with the Experts”

Manan Manchanda ‘19
EE Senior News Editor

Trumbull High School’s BICEN class performed very well at their Night with the Experts on Monday December 11th.

All 6 units performed very well, earning great praise from their 4 judges: Principal of Madison Middle School Mr. Peter Sullivan, Mr. Tom Tesoro, Sacred Heart Professor Jennifer McLaughlin, and Sacred Heart Professor Steven Michels. The judges were very impressed with their performances and asked very insightful questions to each of the six units in preparation for their state competition.

The night was filled with heated questioning and passionate responses from the members of BICEN. The issues ranged from the economic and political ramifications of immigration to the issue of compelled speech in the case of a baker refusing to sell a wedding cake to a gay couple. The issues also “covered a lot of ground,” as Mr. Michels said, in terms of history, as the historic backing used ranged from Enlightenment era philosophers to legislation that is currently being debated in Congress.

The judges seemed very impressed with every unit. “I love what you had to say about the notion of compelled speech”, said Mr. Sullivan to Unit 5 after their remarkable performance. “It was very impressive, the kinds of examples you provided,” said Professor McLaughlin to Unit 2.

Despite all the great performances, the students still need to keep their heads down and focus for their next goal, which is a win at the state competition. “But I also need to tell you this – don’t let it get to your head, you still need to practice and you still need to rehearse,” advised Mr. Tim Tesoro.

Congratulations to Ms. Boland and the entire BICEN Class of 2018 for winning their state competition!

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