Thrity two members of the Cary Academy Speech and Debate team traveled to Winston-Salem over the weekend of Septermber 13-15 to compete in the National Early Bird Tournament hosted by Wake Forest University. This was the largest contingent ever to attend this tournament in the program's history, and the season got off to an excellent start with the team placing 4th place overall in sweepstakes. Ted Waechter won his preliminary chamber of Student Congress before placing 7th overall in finals. In JV Lincoln Douglas Debate Taylor Morin reached the final round placing second. He was joined in the elimination rounds by Henna Judge who reached the quarterfinal round, and Bailey Medley and Laura Cabana who reached the Octafinal round (top 16). Morin was the 4th place speaker, Judge was 11th, Cabana 12th, and Medley 14th. In Varsity Lincoln Douglas Debate Hannah Hubbard and Puj Adusumilli reached the Quarterfinal round, and Jessie Liu reached the Octafinal round. Hubbard was the 3rd place speaker, Alexis Williams was 7th, Nyal Patel 9th, and Adusumilli was 18th. In Public Forum Debate the teams of Ben Davalos-Martinez and Maya Dev and Ava Rosenbaum and Trang Trinh both advanced to the Double Octafinal round (top 32) before being eliminated. The team of Davalos-Martinez and Dev was also in the top 20 speaking teams with the 18th highest total of speaker points in the tournament. The team of Daisy Gray and Jonathan Nunez were 4-2 but due to a tab room error were prevented from clearing because a round was misrecorded. Thank you to parents Leigh Anderson, Bryan Aupperle, and Mary Anne Hubbard; as well as Robert Coven and Mike Ehrhardt for judging.
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