CDS was represented well this weekend at the North Mecklenberg Viking Invitational Tournament in Charlotte, NC. Geronimo Owen '17 and Nathan Ball '15 lead the CDS speech and debate squad, the Advocats, with second and fifth place finishes in expository speaking. Owen left critics speechless with his discussion of the decline of American journalism since the Gary Hart scandal, while Ball stunned his audiences with an expose about chemical weapons buried under the ocean.
Representing the school were Nathan Ball, '15, Cathy Kennedy, '16, Geronimo Owen and Ellie Davis, '17, and Kieran Clark, '18. The squad finished in the upper half of schools in overall points, outperforming schools with three times as many entries.
Clark, in just his second career tournament, scored two big wins against competitors from Asheville High and Riverside High. Both schools brought several competitors at multiple levels to the tournament, but Clark's determination, research acumen, and quick thinking were too much for his opponents. Clark finished the day with an even record in the most competitive tournament the squad has entered this year.
Team veteran Kennedy narrowly missed podium recognition in both dramatic interpretation and oratory. Her oratory, a hard-hitting original piece about the struggles of women in America, was polarizing, but no critic could deny her skillful delivery. Kennedy said of her performance, “I knew going in to the tournament that judges would either love it or hate it, but I still think I was saying things that needed to be said.”
Newcomer Davis also came close to podium recognition in novice original oratory. Davis chose to offer a personal connection with the history of feminism in America. More than the victories, Davis said that she was glad to get the chance to educate people about a movement that's been so important to her, personally.
Accompanying the team were coaches David Dvorscak, Janis McCambridge, and Mark Wonnacott. McCambridge summarized the team's performance effectively, saying, “It's astounding how much these young people learn, and teach, at these events. Each of our students took an idea that was important to them and shared it with others. It's wonderful to see this level of enthusiasm.”
The team next competes at the Fayetteville High School Tournament in Fayetteville, North Carolina. For more information about the team, contact Mark Wonnacott at firstname.lastname@example.org.