Senior Sophia Caldera and Juniors Sam and Will Arnesen, Sam Wenger
and Nathan Witkin, and David Whyman competed at the Tournament of
Champions in Kentucky this weekend. Just to have qualified is a huge
accomplishment for which they all should be congratulated!
the biggest news of the weekend, Sam and Will Arnesen WON THE TOC FOR
THE SECOND YEAR IN A ROW!! What an amazing accomplishment.
Sophia and Whitman WW both finished with winning records, reaching the bubble round with a 4-2 record going into round 7.
Our NSDA District held nationals qualifiers on Saturday. Angie Ames
qualified in Original Oratory and Sam and Will Arnesen qualified in PF.
This weekend, four first- and second-year LDers (Pearl Sun, Michael Hepburn, Camille Caldera, and Xavier Roberts-Gaal) and head coach Emily Massey traveled to
Woodward Academy outside Atlanta, Georgia for the first- and second-year
debater national championships.
Sophomore Xavier Roberts-Gaal was
second speaker and reached semifinals in the second-year division!
This weekend, the team attended WACFL Congress Metrofinals.
Kaperst qualified to NCFLs, placing second in the Washington Diocese!
Tommy Buarque de Macedo also reached the supersession--congratulations!
Freshman Camille Caldera, sophomore Xavier Roberts-Gaal, and head coach Emily Massey
headed out to Dominion High School yesterday for an all-day condensed Metrofinals
tournament. Xavier placed fifth in the Washington diocese, qualifying to NCFLs,
and Camille won an award for attending every LD WACFL this year!
Congratulations to both!
Speech Metrofinals were this past Saturday, and we qualified more
students to NCFL Nationals than we have in at least 5 years!
Original Oratory, Zoe Berkovitz placed 2nd and Joelle Besch placed 6th
in the final round. Angie Ames also qualified to NCFLs.
In Extemp, Bob George placed 6th in the final round, and Angie Ames and Natasha Brennan also qualified to NCFLs.
Declamation, Valerie Akinyoyenu placed 4th and Iris Berendes-Dean
placed 6th in the final round. Emma Rabley also qualified to NCFLs and
Joelle Besch is the first alternate.
Finally, in Dramatic Performance, Thomas Montgomery qualified to NCFLs.
The team had a great long
weekend in Cambridge. It started about a week ago, when Sophia Caldera, Will
Arnesen, Sam Arnesen, Rachel Baron and head coach Emily Massey arrived for the LD and PF round
robins. Sophia and the Arnesen PF team each placed second in their very
competitive pods. Sophia was also third speaker in the LD round robin.
rest of the team arrived on Friday night. Though Sunday rounds were
canceled due to a blizzard, the tournament managed to finish yesterday
(minus some preliminary rounds). Our most exciting result
came in PF, where the Arnesens won the whole tournament! Sam Wenger and
Nathan Witkin also cleared and lost in double-octafinals.
In Congress, David Whyman reached semifinals and completed his qualification to the TOC!
In Speech, Zoe Berkowitz reached quarterfinals in Original Oratory.
In LD, Leora Korn was third speaker. Sophia Caldera reached
double-octafinals and Leora and Nick Lorence reached triple-octafinals.
Finally, in JV LD, first year debaters Isabella Lorence and
Pearl Sun both had an amazing weekend. After prelims, Isabella was eighth seed and
Pearl was tenth speaker. Isabella reached triple-octofinals and
Pearl reached octofinals, earning a famed Harvard bowl.
Many of our speech competitors traveled to Columbia this weekend.
Akinkoyenu reached semifinals in declamation, and was the top-ranked
competitor who didn't reach the final round. Zoe Berkovitz reached
quarterfinals in both oral interpretation and dramatic performance, and
Natasha Brennan reached quarterfinals in extemp. Congratulations!
A group of LDers and PFers competed in Lexington, Massachusetts
this weekend at the Big Lex tournament hosted by Lexington High School.
PF, all four teams cleared! Sophomores John Young and Ellis London lost
in the run-off round. The other three teams of juniors--Julia Gilman
and Naba Khan, Sam Wenger and Nathan Witkin, and Trevor Lystad and Rian
Adamian--lost in doubles.
In LD, junior
Leora Korn and senior Sophia Caldera reached quarterfinals! This marked
Leora's first bid ever. Sophia was second seed and ninth speaker with an
undefeated prelims record; she earned her fifth bid this year in as
many tournaments. Senior Sophie Palim had a winning record but just
missed clearing on speaker points.
This weekend was our last tournament of 2014! 7 LDers and 8 PF teams traveled to Minneapolis for the Blake tournament, held in the downtown Hyatt. Blake is an octos bid in PF and a quarters bid in LD.
In PF, seniors Matt Yang and Ben Titlebaum cleared to the run-off round. Senior Hannah Chenok and junior Sam Wenger made it to double-octafinals. Juniors Nathan Witkin and Julia Gilman advanced to quarterfinals, earning a bid to the TOC, and juniors Rian Adamian and Trevor Lystad made it all the way to finals! Sam and Nathan also participated in the PF round robin after the tournament.
In LD, junior Leora Korn, and seniors Nick Lorence and Sophie Palim all cleared to the run-off round. Senior Sophia Caldera was 3rd speaker and made it all the way to the final round! This was our second straight year with a finalist in LD (Daisy was in finals last year).