Cary Academy welcomed 21 other schools to campus on the weekend of February 20-21 to compete in the Tarheel East District national qualifying tournament. Cary Academy had an extremely successful weekend turning in one of its strongest performances at the district tournament ever. CA was the overall tournament sweepstakes champions, as well as the winner in both the Speech sweepstakes and Debate sweepstakes categories. This was CA's first district championship since 2004, and the first time it has ever swept all three of these awards. CA ended the weekend with the following seven national qualifiers:
In addition to these qualifiers the overall team effort was extremely deep and spanned a wide variety of events. In the speech events CA competitors reached the final round in six different events, winning 2 events outright. Winners in the speech events included:
Emma Ehrhardt- 1st, Original Oratory
Divya Vijayakumar- 1st, International Extemporaneous Speaking
Divya Vijayakumar- 2nd, United States Extemporaneous Speaking
Emma Ehrhardt & Evan Ehrhardt- 3rd Place, Duo Interpretation
Evan Ehrhardt- 3rd Place, Dramatic Interpretation
Davidson Braswell- 3rd Place, United States Extemporaneous Speaking
Rachel George-4th Place, United States Extemporaneous Speaking
Alisha Abhayakumar- 4th Place, Informative Speaking
Eve Taylor-6th Place, Dramatic Interpretation
Rachel George- 6th Place, Foreign Extemporaneous Speaking
Eesha Sachdeva- Semifinalist, Informative Speaking
Davidson Braswell- Semifinalist, International Extemporaneous Speaking
Viraj Garg- Semifinalist, United States Extemporaneous Speaking
Viraj Garg- Semifinalist, International Extemporaneous Speaking
In Public Forum Debate CA teams placed third and sixth. Mason Reece and Khushi Surana were the first alternates to nationals after placing third. The team of Miles Lambert and Shane Stephens placed 6th.
In Lincoln Douglas Debate all four CA entries advanced to the late elimination rounds. Grace Jin tied for first, Sullivan Morgus was 5th, Grey Spector 6th, and Chelsea Fang 9th.
CA's qualifications in Duo Interpretation and Dramatic Interpretation are the first in program history. CA has now qualified for the National Tournament for 16 consecutive years, the longest active streak in the Tarheel East District. CA also has a 16 year streak of having at least one Extemper qualify for Nationals, as well as a four year streak of qualifying in Lincoln Douglas Debate.
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