43 members of the Cary Academy Speech and Debate team traveled to Southern Pines on Saturday September 29th to compete in the Pinecrest Open hosted by Pinecrest High School. For the fourth year in a row the team emerged as the sweepstakes champions at this opening tournament of the North Carolina competitive season. Individual students placements were as followed:
Laura Cabana- 4th Place, Varsity LD
Grace Jin-6th Place, Varsity LD
Varun Kasula-7th Place, Varsity LD
Keegan Kerns-8th Place, Varsity LD
Jusitn Tunley-1st Place, Novice LD
Chelsea Fang-2nd Place, Novice LD
Julia Gong-3rd Place, Novice LD
Hope Ferris-4th Place, Novice LD
Sullivan Morgus-5th Place, Novice LD
Thuc Dzu-7th Place, Novice LD
Keira Tai-8th Place, Novice LD
Jacob Henderson & Rachel George-5th Place, JV PF
Alex Knott & Riya Thomas, 5th Place, Novice PF
Speech & Congress-
Bharat Modi-3rd Place, Extemp; 5th Place, Impromptu
Diviya Vijayakumar-6th Place, Extemp
Ben Lipson-3rd Place, Novice Extemp
Nate Jones-3rd Place, Senate Chamber 1
Charlotte Waechter-2nd Place, Senate Chamber 2
Davis Braswell-4th Place, House Chamber 1
Matthew Mitten-1st Place, House Chamber 2
Dylan Lamphier-2nd Place, House Chamber 2
Thank you to the following for judging at the tournament: Ziaorong Tai, Firoz Jameel, David Yazdani, Sean Kerns, Shannon Nix, Sharon Maxfeild ,Shawn Nix, and Beth Brasswell.
Five members of the Cary Academy Speech and Debate team traveled to New Haven Connecticut over the weekend of September 19-21 to compete in the Yale Invitational hosted at Yale University. Senior Bill Peebles reached the quarterfinals of Extemporaneous Speaking placing him in the top 24 of 124 competitors. In Congressional Debate Jack Stafford ('17) was the runner-up in his preliminary chamber before advancing the semifinal session placing him in the 60 of 190 students competing. Grace Jin ('17) reached the round of 32 in Junior Varsity Lincoln Douglas Debate, and was also the 14th Place Speaker out of 98 debaters in that division.
Four members of the Class of 2015 traveled to Florida on the weekend of September 19-22 to compete in the first Fear of Missing Out Invitational hosted by the Episcopal School of Jacksonville. Nyal Patel, Varun Kasula, Laura Cabana, and Taylor Morin represented CA in outstanding fashion all going undefeated and claiming the top four places in the tournament as well as the top 4 speaker awards. There were 3 states represented at this inaugural event, and the final placements were determined by preliminary seeding with Patel placing 1st, Kasula 2nd, Cabana 3rd, and Morin 4th. In place of a semifinal round two exhibition debates were held between teammates with Patel and Morin splitting the judges in their round, and Cabana defeating Kasula 2-0 in their' round. Afterwards the group enjoyed some fun in the sun by spending Sunday in Orlando in what we hope will become a tradition of a senior trip for our debaters as they begin their last year in the program.
15 Cary Academy students traveled to Winston-Salem over the weekend of September 12th to the 14th to participate in the National Earlybird Tournament hosted by Wake Forest University. CA began its competitive season with an impressive showing led by sophomore Grace Jin who was the champion of the Junior Varsity of Lincoln Douglas Debate. This is the first time a Cary Academy LDer has won a title at the National Earlybird, and the program's second title in any event at this major early season event. Jin was joined in the elimination rounds of JV LD by sophomore Keegan Kerns who reached the quarterfinals before losing on a split 2-1 decision. Sophomore Jack Stafford reached the finals of Congressional Debate after being the runner-up in his preliminary chamber. Junior Bharat Modi was a semifinalist in both Extemporaneous and Impromptu Speaking barely missing out on advancing the to final round of Extemp by only 1 rank. In Public Forum Debate the team of Miles Lambert('16) and Shane Stephens('16) reached the Double Octafinal Round before losing on a split decision to the eventual tournament runners up. The team of Daisy Gray ('15) and Ethan Kerns ('15) were 4-2 but failed to advance to the elimination rounds based on points. Daisy was the 13th place speaker out of 254 Public Forum Debaters. The team was 9th Place overall out of 78 schools from 17 different states. Thanks to the first family of Cary Academy Speech & Debate the Nixes as Shawn, Shannon, and Kelsey ('07) all judged for CA during the tournament, as well as to Puj Adusumilli ('14) who also judged.
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