Juniors Jack Stafford and Divya Vijaykumar traveled to Chicago over the trimester break to compete in the Glenbrooks tournament, the largest tournament hosted by a high school in the country. Jack Stafford placed 7th overall in Student Congress. Jack finished second in his prelim chamber and fifth in his semifinal chamber on his way to reaching the final round. Divya had a strong showing in Extemporaneous Speaking missing out on clearing by only a few ranks.
Cary Academy was the sweepstakes champion for the third straight Dogwood tournament after emerging from a very competitive Saturday of competition at Cary HS on November 13th. The following students placements contributed to the team's overall victory:
Madi Rockett- 1st Place, Declamation
Grace Seidel-3rd Place, Declamation
Evan Ehrhardt-4th Place, Dramatic Interpretation
Divya Vijayakumar-2nd Place, Extemporaneous Speaking
Bharat Modi-4th Place, Extemporaneous Speaking
Rachel Shelton-6th Place, Extemporaneous Speaking
Ethan Ng-6th Place, Novice Lincoln Douglas
Tori Borlase & Arman Kassam- 10th Place, Novice Public Forum
Brett Alberse- 4th Place, Novice Oral Interpretation
Julia Gong- 4th Place, Original Oratory
Grey Spector-4th Place, Varsity Lincoln Douglas
Chelsea Fang-6th Place, Varsity Lincoln Douglas Debate
Sullivan Morgus-7th Place, Varsity Lincoln Douglas Debate
Khushi Surana & Mason Reece-10th Place, Varsity Public Forum Debate
Nate Jones-1st Place, Student Congress Chamber A
Ben Lipson-2nd Place, Student Congress Chamber A
Jack Stafford-1st Place, Student Congress Chamber B
Jonathan Segal-3rd Place, Student Congress Chamber B
Georgia Dietz-6th Place, Student Congress Chamber B
21 members of the Cary Academy Speech and Debate team traveled to Raeford, North Carolina on Saturday November 7th to compete in the Sand Hoke Early College tournament. CA turned in a strong performance placing as the runners up in sweepstakes at this tournament for the fifth year in a row. The teams effort was lead by Eve Taylor's victory in Dramatic Interpretation where she was joined in the top 6 by Griffin Cece (4th) and Pauline Pauwels (6th). Rachel George was 2nd in Extemp and Julia Gong was 3rd in Oratory. Jonathan Segal was the champion in Varsity Congress, as well as the Best PO. Suki Bristol was the runner up in JV Congress, Christian Sodano was 4th, and Claudia Zimmerman was the Best PO. In Novice Lincoln Douglas Debate Milen Patel was 2nd, Viraj Shah was 4th, Lily Levin was 5th, and Krishan Guzzo 7th.
Seven members of the CA Speech and Debate team traveled to Gainesville Florida over the weekend of October 30th - November 1st to compete in the Blue Key tournament hosted by the University of Florida. All seven students were recognized for the performances at the very competitive tournament. Jack Stafford reached finals of Congressional Debate breaking out of both his prelim chamber and his semifinal chamber. He as also recognized as the Best Presiding Officer in his prelim chamber. Ben Lipson reached the semifinals of Congressional Debate, and Divya Vijayakumar was a quaterfinalist in Foreign Extemporaneous Speaking. In Novice LD Anna Ibrahim reached the final round without dropping a single ballot. She ultimately placed second and was the 3rd place speaker. Viraj Shah reached the quartefinals where he was advanced over by Ibrahim, and Salma Said reached the octafinal round. Caroline Spancake just missed breaking but was the 6th place speaker, Said was 7th, and Shah was 8th. This was the fifth straight year a Cary Academy student has reached the final round in Novice LD at the Blue Key Tournament.
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