17 members of the Cary Academy Speech and Debate team traveled to Gainesville Florida over the weekend of October 25-27 to compete in the Florida Blue Key tournament hosted by the University of Florida. The team had an outstanding showing placing 5th place in overall sweepstakes. For the second year in a row a CA debater was the champion in Novice Lincoln Douglas debate as Grace Jin won the tournament after finishing prelims as both the top seed and the top speaker. Christof Ketchmark reached the semifinals of Novice LD where he was advanced over by Jin after closing out the top half of the bracket. Pujith Adusumilli came within one round of of defending his title in Varsity Lincoln Douglas Debate after reaching the final round and placing second. CA was one ballot away from closing out the final round after Hannah Hubbard reached the semifinal round before losing on a 2-1 decision. Hannah was the top seed after compiling a perfect 6-0 record in prelims as well. CA closed out one quarterfinal in Varsity LD when Carrie Schellenberger was paired against Hubbard. Nyal Patel also reached the Octafinal round round in Varsity LD and Taylor Morin broke before losing in Double Octafinals. Patel was the 3rd Speaker, Hubbard 10th, and Adusumilli 11th. Bill Peebles broke in both US and International Extemp, reaching the final round in US placing 6th, and dropping in the semifinals of International. Thank you to parents Millicent Williams and Susan Peebles for chaperoning and judging!
CA won first place sweepstakes for the second straight tournament as a contingent of 56 students traveled to Fayetteville to compete in the annual Pamela Waldher Invitational hosted by Terry Sanford High School. Strong contributions were made by the Public Forum, Congress, Extemp, and LD squads will all having multiple students place in addition to placing first in an event in each of the different categories. The following students earned recognition:
Barat Modi- 1st Place, Extemp; 6th Place, Impromptu
Bill Peebles- 2nd Place, Extemp; 5th Place, Impromptu
Nate Jones- 4th Place, Extemp
Arnav Goswami- 5th Place, Extemp
Ellie Buckner-6th Place, Extemp
Matt Aupperle- 4th Place, Varsity
Jack Stafford-1st Place, Novice
Charlotte Waechter-2nd Place, Novice
Ruhi Dholakia- 5th Place, Novice
Puj Adusumilli- 1st Place, Varsity
Nyal Patel- 2nd Place, Varsity
Alexis Williams- 3rd Place, Varsity
Grey Spector- 5th Place, Varsity
Laura Cabana- Honorable Mention, Varsity (3-1 did not place on points)
Jack Lattimore- Honorable Mention, Varsity (3-1 did not place on points)
Grace Jin- 3rd Place, Novice
Keegan Kerns- 4th Place, Novice
Kenny Cho- 5th Place, Novice
Miles Lambert and Shane Stephens- 1st Place, Varsity
Ethan Kerns and Collin Dworsky- 2nd Place, Varsity
Matthew Gibbons and Richard Van Vilet- 3rd Place, Varsity
Ava Rosenbaum and Trinh Trang- 4th Place, Varsity
Sami Frankel and Cohen Dworsky-5th Place, Varsity
Maya Dev and Julia Sawchuk- 6th Place, Varsity
Jacob Henderson and Georgia Dietz- 6th Place, Novice
Daisy Gray and Jack Reynolds- Honorable Mention, Varsity (3-1 did not place on points)
Thank you to parents Sri Ambati, Tres Glenn, Randy Guard, Sean Kerns, Deborah Ketchmark, Parry Ketchmark, Rafael Ochoa, Blanche Shelton, and Gregory Stafford for judging; and Mr. Stafford and Eric Grush for driving buses to and from the tournament.
On October 5th Cary Academy hosted the Charger Limited tournament. In addition to students from 13 schools around the state of North Carolina coming to our campus to compete several CA students participated as well. Rachel George and Jacob Henderson placed 4th in Novice Public Forum, and Tylor Moore placed 4th in Novice LD. Grace Jin received Honorable Mention in Novice LD and was also the 3rd Place Speaker. Thank you to all the parents who helped make the tournament a success!!
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