This past weekend, 43 members of the Cary Academy speech and debate team traveled to Southern Pines, NC to compete in the Pinecrest Open. The competitors had great showings in multiple events. In Varsity Extemporaneous Speaking, Elizabeth Maydew took third place, and Danielle Carr won sixth place. Krishan Guzzo took third in Varsity Lincoln-Douglas Debate, and Milen Patel was ninth. In Varsity Student Congress, Suki Bristol took fourth place. Carson Baker and Finn Kerns were champions in Novice Public Forum debate. In Varsity Public Forum Debate the team of Samuel Chow and Luke Wilson placed seventh. Jessica Zhong was the champion in Novice Lincoln-Douglas Debate, Addie Esposito took second place, Will Aarons took third place, Ashton Boiar took fifth place, and Colin Zhu took sixth place.
This past weekend, September 16-18, 12 members of the Cary Academy Speech and Debate team headed over to New Haven to compete at the Yale University Invitational. In Student Congress, Jack Stafford ('17) , RJ Jain ('19), and Jonathan Segal ('18) all advanced out of their preliminary chambers to reach the semifinal round. Jack placed first in his semifinal chamber advancing him to the final round where he placed 5th overall out of 221 competitors. In Programmed of Oral Interpretation, Evan Ehrhardt ('18) advanced to semifinals, just one place away from breaking into finals, placing 8th overall . In Parliamentary Debate, Grace Jin ('17) and Chelsea Fang ('18) advanced to the semifinal round and placed third overall out of 80 teams.
18 members of the Cary Academy Speech and Debate team competed at the Eagle Open hosted by William G Enloe High School on Saturday September 17th. The team had an outstanding showing with multiple students placing in their respective events. In Varsity Lincoln Douglas Debate Justin Tunley placed second, and Viraj Shah was fourth. In Novice Lincoln Douglas Debate Jessica Zhong was second, Cate Pitterle was fifth, and Om Naphade was 7th. In Varsity Public Forum Debate the team of Matthew Schaeffer and Khushi Surana were fourth, and the team of Alex Knott and Riya Thomas were 5th. In Novice Public Forum Debate the team of Finn Kerns and Carson Baker placed third.
13 members of the CA Speech & Debate team traveled to Winston-Salem over the weekend of September 9th-11th to compete in the National Earlybird Tournament hosted by Wake Forest University. 85 schools from 17 different states competed in this early season tournament, and CA students had strong exceptionally showings against this very competitive field. In Lincoln Douglas Debate all four of CA's entries reached the elimination rounds with Grace Jin advancing all the way to the final round were she placed 2nd after losing a split 2-1 decision. This was the first time a CA LDer has reached the final round of varsity LD at the National Earlybird. Grace was also the 2nd Place Speaker. CA had two of the four debaters in the semifinal round, and three of the eight in the quarterfinal round; more than any other school. Oonagh Stevans reached the semifinal round where she was advanced over by Jin, and Sullivan Morgus reached the quarterfinals where she was advanced over by Stevans. Chelsea Fang reached the Double Octafinal where she was eliminated by the eventual champion. In Public Forum Debate the teams of Matthew Schaeffer and Olivia Halferty and Alex Knott and Mason Reece reached the Triple Octafinal round where they both were eliminated on split 2-1 decisions. In Original Oratory Julia Gong reached the quarterfinal round where she just missed out on advancing placing 13th overall.
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