86 members of the Cary Academy Speech and Debate team traveled to Southern Pines on Saturday September 28th to compete in the Pinecrest Open. For the third consecutive year the team finished the day as the overall Sweepstakes champions accumulating more points for student placements in the various events than any other school. The team's victory was spearheaded by a dominant showing in Lincoln Douglas Debate with Cary Academy competitors placing first in the Varsity, Junior Varsity, and Novice divisions; and closing out the top 3 spots in Varsity LD and the top 5 spots in JV LD. In Varsity LD, Puj Adusumilli (4-0) was 1st, Laura Cabana 2nd, Nyal Patel 3rd, and Taylor Morin 6th. In JV LD, Henna Judge (4-0) was 1st, Sneha Adavni (4-0) 2nd, Grey Spector (4-0) 3rd, Colin Yeaney 4th, and Bailey Medley was 5th. In Novice LD, Grace Jin (4-0) was 1st, Kenny Cho was 4th, and Calvin Ma, Andrew Mangelsdorf, and Jack Maxfield had outstanding 3-1 records but failed to place based on speaker points. In Public Forum Debate the team of Daniel Kahn and Emilio Ochoa were 4th in Junior Varsity; and the varsity team of Daisy Gray and Jonathan Nunez, and the novice teams of Jilly Eder and Khushi Surana, and Rachel George and Jacob Henderson were 3-1 but failed to place based on speaker points. In Congressional Debate Matt Aupperle and Austin Lawrence both placed 4th in their respective varsity chambers; and Jack Stafford placed first in Novice Chamber A, while Charlotte Waechter was 2nd in Novice Chamber B, and Sebastian Kettner was 4th. In Extemporaneous Speaking Bill Peebles was 2nd in varsity, and Divya Vijaykumar was 2nd in novice. Jimmy McShane was 3rd in novice as well, and Alex Qiao 4th. Thank you to parents Deborah Ketchmark, Randy Guard, Bakul Modi, Sheela George, Charles Medley, Gary Ficshbein, David Yazdani, Sean Kerns, Sri Ambati, Cecilie Lewis, Vipin Garg, Parry Ketchmark, Alan Rosen, Lucy Zhong, Douglas Henderson,and Gwen Bishop for judging.
Bill Peebles ('15) traveled to New Haven Conneticut to particpate in the Invitational tournament hosted by Yale University during the weekend of September 20-22. Out of a field of 105 Extempers Bill placed in the top 36 after five preliminary rounds and advanced to the Quarterfinal round where he recieved a bid to the Extemp Tournament of Champions. Bill missed breaking to semis by a few ranks but still finished in the top 20 of this extremely competitive national level competition.
Thrity two members of the Cary Academy Speech and Debate team traveled to Winston-Salem over the weekend of Septermber 13-15 to compete in the National Early Bird Tournament hosted by Wake Forest University. This was the largest contingent ever to attend this tournament in the program's history, and the season got off to an excellent start with the team placing 4th place overall in sweepstakes. Ted Waechter won his preliminary chamber of Student Congress before placing 7th overall in finals. In JV Lincoln Douglas Debate Taylor Morin reached the final round placing second. He was joined in the elimination rounds by Henna Judge who reached the quarterfinal round, and Bailey Medley and Laura Cabana who reached the Octafinal round (top 16). Morin was the 4th place speaker, Judge was 11th, Cabana 12th, and Medley 14th. In Varsity Lincoln Douglas Debate Hannah Hubbard and Puj Adusumilli reached the Quarterfinal round, and Jessie Liu reached the Octafinal round. Hubbard was the 3rd place speaker, Alexis Williams was 7th, Nyal Patel 9th, and Adusumilli was 18th. In Public Forum Debate the teams of Ben Davalos-Martinez and Maya Dev and Ava Rosenbaum and Trang Trinh both advanced to the Double Octafinal round (top 32) before being eliminated. The team of Davalos-Martinez and Dev was also in the top 20 speaking teams with the 18th highest total of speaker points in the tournament. The team of Daisy Gray and Jonathan Nunez were 4-2 but due to a tab room error were prevented from clearing because a round was misrecorded. Thank you to parents Leigh Anderson, Bryan Aupperle, and Mary Anne Hubbard; as well as Robert Coven and Mike Ehrhardt for judging.
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