13 Cary Academy students traveled to New York City to participate in the invitational tournament hosted by Columbia University over the weekend of January 25-27. The team had a fantastic showing with 8 of the 13 students reaching the elimination rounds of their respective events. In LD, Hannah Hubbard reached the triple octafinal round and Alexis Williams the octafinal round. Alexis was also the 7th place speaker. In Public Forum the team of Sam Title and Neil Lewis reached the double octafinal round. Bill Peebles reached the semifinals in Extemporaneous Speaking placing 10th out of 66 competitors. In Congress Michael Averell won his preliminary chamber, Ted Waechter placed second in his, and Serena Advani third. All three advanced to the finals of Congress where Ted placed third overall. CA alum Lauren Moore (Extemp '12) judged for the team, and CA alums Kevin Cotter (LD '07) and Allen Yang (PF '12) visited with the team as well.
15 Cary Academy students competed against other competitors from North Carolina's strongest forensics teams in four events at the inaugural Cavalier Challenge hosted by Durham Academy. The tournament was a special team round robin format where each squad entered three students or teams in each of the following events: Congressional Debate, Extemporaneous Speaking, Lincoln Douglas Debate, and Public Forum Debate. Each team ranked their competitors in each event who were then paired against the similarly ranked students from the other schools. CA finished second overall as a team with 8 of our 12 entries placing first or second in their respective divisions. Puj Adusumilli was first among the teams top ranked LDers going undefeated, Ted Waechter was first among the top ranked Congress people, and Matt Owens was first among the 3rd ranked Extempers. Sam Title and Jeffrey Kenna were second among the second ranked PF teams, Orlin Velev and Bill Peebles were second among the first and second ranked Extempers, and Patrick Lambert and Hannah Hubbard were second among the second and third ranked LDers
CA turned in a strong showing at the Laird Lewis Invitational hosted by Myers Park High School placing 5th overall out of 64 schools from 16 different states. In Varsity LD four Cary Academy students reached the elimination rounds, the most of any school. Puj Adusumilli reached the semifinal round, and Hannah Hubbard, Andrew Glosson, and Carolyn Calder all reached octafinals. In Novice LD, three Cary Academy students reached the elimination rounds (tied for the most of any school) with Laura Cabana, Bailey Medley, and Sneha Advani all reaching the octafinal round. In Public Forum Jonathan Nunez and Daisy Gray reached the double octafinal round in varsity, Neil Lewis and Sam Title reached the triple octafinal in varsity, and Ava Rosenbaum and Miles Lambert reached the octafinal round in novice. In Extemporaneous Speaking CA had three students break, the most of any school, with Matt Owens, Bill Peebles, and Orlin Velev reaching the semifinal round. Bill Peebles also was a quarter finalist in Impromptu Speaking, and Archita Chandra was a quarterfinalist in both Original Oratory and Impromptu Speaking. In Student Congress Ted Wachter won his prelim chamber and placed 8th overall in varsity. In Novice Congress Nate Jones was 3rd overall, and Henry Bristol 6th. Henry also won his prelim chamber.
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