Successful first two tournaments for CDS Speech and Debate

Carolina Day Speech and Debate have had very successful outings in their first two tournaments of the year!

At the Jimmy K. Poole Viking Classic, hosted by North Mecklenburg High School on Saturday, October 9, the team earned more awards than any point in the past four years.

  • The team of Zaina Singh '23 and Grace Hertzinger '23 took the championship in Novice Public Forum debate!  Charlie Pommerer '24 and Gabe Glasser '24 placed 5th in this event.

  • Riley Oswald '23 relaunched our Speech program and took 5th place in Humorous Interpretation with her piece "What the Constitution Means to Me" by Heidi Schreck.

  • Caroline Koon '22 took 4th place in Varsity Lincoln-Douglas debate.

  • Eden Mosley '24 took 8th place in Novice Lincoln-Douglas debate.

The second tournament, the Bob Jones Academy Speech and Debate Invitational on Saturday, October 16, was also very successful.

  • The team of Sophia Smith '24 and Louisa Koon '24 took the championship in Novice Public Forum debate. Charlie Pommerer '24 and Gabe Glasser '24 earned 6th place.

  • Riley Oswald '23 placed 5th in Humorous Interpretation.

Because speaking and critical listening are crucial skills for our modern democratic society, Carolina Day School offers a robust program of Speech and Debate courses, including Competitive Speech and Debate. In the Competitive Speech and Debate class, students select events based on individual interests, and, through collaboration with the teacher, their work culminates in tournament participation. Each student works towards improving communication skills (verbal and nonverbal), self-confidence, self-awareness, analytical skills, creativity, and collaborative skills. The Competitive Speech and Debate class is offered in both the fall and spring semesters. Carolina Day also offers Advanced Competitive Speech and Debate and Honors Competitive Speech and Debate.


Pictured are Speech and Debate team members. Front row (L-R) Grace Hertzinger '23, Eden Moseley '24; Second row: Caroline Koon '22, Zaina Singh '23, Sophia Smith '24; Back row: Charlie Pommerer '24, US faculty speech and debate coach Michael Lemon, Gabe Glasser '24, and Louisa Koon '24. (Not pictured: Riley Oswald '23)