Stellar Season For GC Speech and Debate
Posted 04/08/2011 03:10PM

Stellar Season for GC Speech and Debate

Congratulations to the Speech and Debate team for working on their most successful season in decades! The GC Speech and Debate team competes locally in the Washington/Arlington Forensic league, a collection of nearly 60 schools from DC, Montgomery County, PG County, and all of Virginia.

On March 12, at the State Finals, the GC Speech team captured its 4th consecutive State Championship, defeating all the top teams from DC, Montgomery,PG, and Virginia!

Speech Metro Finals (DC/Virginia Championship) first place winners (l) freshman Neal Davidson for Declamation, (c) junior Alix Philogene for Dramatic Interpretation, (r) junior Andrew Tarquinio for Duo Interpretation with his partner, junior Jordan Slattery (not pictured).  Photo taken at the Harvard Invitational Tournament in February.The Speech team did this in a dominating fashion and boasted 3 of the seven state champions. Freshman Neal Davidson took 1st place in Oratorical Declamation; junior Alix Philogene took 1st place in Dramatic Performance; and the team of juniors Jordan Slattery and Andrew Tarquinio took 1st place in Duo Performance of Literature.

Other notable finishes included: freshman Cassidy Burke-5th place in Oratorical Declamation; junior Kiera Muckenhirn-6th place in Dramatic Performance and 5th place in Oral Interpretation of Literature; junior Craig Vincent-6th place in Extemporaneous speaking; junior Rubi Perez-Howard-5th place in Original Oratory; sophomore Cookie Byrne-6th place in Original Oratory; senior Shaina Martinez-2nd place in Oral Interpretation of Literature; senior Metti Duressa-6th place in Oral Interpretation of Literature; the team of seniors Will Redmond and Anna Kunnirickal-3rd place in Duo Performance of Literature; and the team of sophomores Sydney Speizman and Audrey Fangmeyer-4th place in Duo Performance of Literature.

GC also qualified 25 students, more than any other speech team, for the National Catholic Forensic tournament on Memorial Day Weekend, where they will face the best in the nation.

The GC Speech team this year was also very competitive nationally. The team has competed in three Invitationals: the Villager Invitational at St. Joseph's University in November; the Sunvitational at the University School in Florida in January; and the Harvard Invitational in February. At these venues, GC placed a number of competitors into quarterfinal, semi-final, and final rounds, which means these students finished in the top 20 of their respective fields against top-flight national caliber competition. One highlight among many was the 1st place finish of freshman Neal Davidson in Oratorical Declamation at the Sunvitational tournament, where he defeated all competitors in his event from a pool of over 70 schools.

DebateMembers from the GC Debate Team proudly display their trophy from the State Finals.
At the State Finals, the GC Debate team, led by coach Dick Metrey, captured 2nd place in Public Forum Debate, which is only in its second year of existence.

The season so far for the GC Speech and Debate team has been successful and they are proud to boast its highest participation level in school history. This year the team has over 70 different students involved!