The Cary Academy Speech and Debate team participated in the third annual Cavalier Classic hosted by Durham Academy on the weekend of January 14th and 15th. 36 members of the team competed to win swords by becoming the champion of their respective events and at the end of two days of competition Cary Academy brought home three swords- two from Evan Ehrhardt for Original Oratory and Program of Oral Interpretation, and another from Grace Jin who won her second sword in Lincoln Douglas Debate. CA also had several other students place in their respective events. In Student Congress Jack Stafford was 3rd, Ben Lipson 6th, and Cade Spector reached the final round. In Extemporaneous Speaking Davis Braswell was 4th, and Danielle Carr 7th. Evan Ehrhardt was joined in the outrounds of OO by Grace Wissink who placed 3rd, and Tommy Hugus who reached the semifinals. Katherine Lin was 5th in Informative Speaking. In Public Forum Debate CA had 4 teams reach the elimination rounds the most of any school. The team of Khushi Surana and Mason Reece reached the semifinals before losing, while the team of Isaac Fan and Tori Borlase were eliminated in quarters after being closed out by Reece and Surana. The team of Arm Kassam and Matthew Schaeffer were closed out in Octas by Fan and Borlase, and the team of Alex Knott and Riya Thomas were eliminated in Octas as well. In Lincoln Douglas Debate CA had the most students clear as well with six competitors reaching the elimination rounds. Ethan Ng, Anthony Guzzo, Viraj Shah, and Oonagh Stevans reached the Octafinals, and Chelsea Fang reached the quarterfinals, in addition to Jin. The team placed 2nd in overall sweepstakes on the basis of the strength of these individual student performances.
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