CDS Speech & Debate Stands out in Crowded Field
Posted 12/01/2014 11:03AM
With two teams in the upper half of a field of nearly 50, the Carolina Day School Speech & Debate team, the Advocats, had a strong showing at the largest tournament of the semester. The Asheville High School tournament, in its 100th year, attracted more than 500 competitors, and CDS students showcased their skills effectively. Schools from as far away as Mississippi came to Asheville to compete, and CDS was ready to meet them.
Representing CDS were Nathan Ball '15, Cathy Kennedy ’16, Ethan Baechtold '16, Annalise Mangone ‘17, Ryan Bastian ‘17, Kieran Clark ‘17, Sahil Gupta ‘17, Camilla Halsey ‘17, Geronimo Owen ‘17, Forrest Sleeper ‘17, Eric Perless ‘17, and Justin Cody '18. Accompanying the team were coaches David Dvorscak, Janis McCambridge, and Mark Wonnacott.
The biggest field of competition was in JV Public Forum, where the teams of Halsey-Owen and Sleeper-Perless both finished with an even record, placing them in the upper half of the field. Owen and Halsey finished their day with a victory over Cary High School, the eventual tournament champions in JV Public Forum. In Varsity Public Forum, Baechtold and Cody made a debut performance and faced a brutal draw, as they competed in close rounds against three of the top teams at the tournament. Cody, competing for the first time in Varsity, said, “It's a different world, but I really feel like I learned a lot.”
In Lincoln-Douglas, Gupta turned heads competing in Varsity in just his third tournament. Despite his inexperience, he won a match against a finalistt. Ball, the team's most veteran member, pulled an even record before he was forced to withdraw from the tournament due to illness. Clark and Bastin each managed early wins, showing determination in a field of 48 competitors. Clark posted a score of 29/30 in his final round, a dominant performance over a second-year competitor.
In individual events, Mangone debuted a gripping piece, combining poems from slavery protests, the woman's movement, and other struggles for enfranchisement. The program, entitled “The Poetry of Human Rights,” was polarizing among her judges. Kennedy continued to develop her dramatic interpretation, a touching tribute to Ray Bradbury by Neil Gaiman. Her complex, nuanced performance placed her in the top half of her final room.
“This is a young team with lots of potential,” said Wonnacott. “It's thrilling to see the enthusiasm and energy CDS students bring to their competitions.”
The team closes the semester at Charlotte Catholic High School on December 6. For more information about CDS debate, contact Mark Wonnacott at
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