The Tarheel Forensic League instituted a new year-long competition this year -- The Circle of Champions. At every tournament hosted by a North Carolina high school, students earn points based on their finishing position. With the regular season now complete the final standings have been determined and Cary Academy had two students named the champions of their respective events. Hannah Hubbard finished the season ranked first in Lincoln Douglas Debate, and Bill Peebles finished ranked first in Extemporaneous Speaking. Cary Academy was the only school in the state to win more than one category outright. Several other students finished ranked in the top ten in their respective events. In Lincoln Douglas Debate CA had 6 of the top 10 which was the highest number of ranked students from the same school in any one event. In addition to Hannah Hubbard ranking 1st, Alexis Williams was 5th, Carrie Schellenberger 6th, Jessie Liu was tied for 7th, Puj Adusumilli was 9th, and Nyal Patel 10th. Bill Peebles was joined in the Extemp rankings by Orlin Velev who was 7th. In Congressional Debate, Ted Waechter was 5th and Leighton Boiar 6th; and in Public Forum the team of Daisy Gray and Jonathan Nunez were 6th. With 11 different student placements in the top ten of their respective events CA was tied for the second most of any school in the state.
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