This morning was a busy one for the Newton South Speech & Debate Team! Sophie judged middle school national semi-finals, Naomi competed in Expository Finals and Jasper walked on stage to receive his semi-finalist trophy. Mrs. Honeyman Judged U.S. Extemp finals and everyone else watched and supported teammates.
Naomi's sound check on stage before her final round.
Most of the New England District watched the round, including our friends from Natick High School and Shrewsbury High School.
Jasper Primack is awarded a semi-finalist Trophy.
He placed 13th out of over 240 entries in U.S. Extemp. Because he has not yet graduated from high school, he automatically qualifies to compete in U.S. Extemp at NFL Nationals next year!
Afterwards, we went out to lunch. The meal was delicious and we were able to eat outside in a shaded area.
We also celebrated our team members who advanced to out-rounds and received plaques:
Sophie Hill & Sachin Srivastava in Public Forum Debate
Dipal Nagda - Octofinalist in Original Oratory
Naomi Eisenberg - Octofinalist in Original Oratory
Jonathan Kirshenbaum - Octofinalist in Humorous Interp
Jonathan Kirshenbaum - Semifinalist in Poetry Reading
And then back to the hotel to change and . . . .
. . . to celebrate Naomi's 17th birthday!
Performing on stage in Finals was a great way to celebrate in the morning, but after lunch, we ate cake!
Then it was time to go back to the tournament site to watch some of the craziest Public Forum Debate we've ever seen! We had to wait for a little while to get in because things were running a bit late. While we waited, Tuleeka kept warm with a beautiful wrap. It was rather chilly in the convention center.
Finally, it was time for awards! The New England District managed to secure seats together (not an easy feat!). We sat with our friends from Natick HS, Shrewsbury HS, Needham HS, The Bancroft School, & Milton Academy and celebrated everyone's accomplishments during this long week of competition!
Naomi Eisenberg is awarded 4th place in Expository Speaking
Sean Lambert of Shrewsbury High School was recognized as one of six "NFL Students of the Year".
Newton South High School was awarded an NFL School of Excellence Award in Speech for placing in the top 20 of over 1000 schools entered from around the country.
Shrewsbury High School was awarded an NFL School of Excellence Award in Debate for placing in the top 20 of over 1000 schools entered from around the country.
After awards we went out to the Asian Rim Restaurant for a District Dinner. There were about 40 of us, coaches, parents and students, celebrating the end of an exhausting and wonderful week! New England is somewhat unique in it's camaraderie. Most districts around the country are ultra-competitive. We, on the other hand, rejoice in one another's successes and enjoy the company of our fellow New Englanders!