Ridge Invitational Results

35 team members went to Ridge this weekend for our largest local tournament and came away with some excellent results!

  • Caitlyn Dempsey – Semifinalist, Oral Interpretation
  • Jess Wattman – Semifinalist, Oral Interpretation
  • Claudia Pietrus – Semifinalist, Original Oratory
  • Shefali Das – Semifinalist, Radio Speaking & 3rd place Original Oratory
  • Bryn Bennett – 4th place Program Oral Interpretation & 2nd place Humorous Interpretation
  • Naomi Gonzalez – 2nd place Novice Extemporaneous Speaking
  • Mallika Ravi – 1st place Novice Oral Interpretation
  • Team Sweepstakes – 6th place

Hunterdon Central & Freehold

Our small contingent did fairly well at the inaugural Hunterdon Central Winter Invitational this weekend. See below:

  • Katherine Hu – Top Non-Advancing Novice, Humorous Interpretaiton
  • Shefali Das – 6th place Original Oratory
  • Sam Halpern – 4th place Congress
  • Nicole Nissel – 4th place Program Oral Interpretation
  • Julian Yan & Brenna McConnell – 3rd place Novice Public Forum
  • Jordan Pontelandolfo – 2nd place Dramatic Interpretation
  • Bryn Bennett – 4th place Humorous Interpretation and 1st place Program Oral Interpretation
  • Team Sweepstakes – 5th place

Also, the tournament at Freehold is this coming weekend!


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Hunterdon Central

Next Saturday (1/7) kicks off the second half of our season at Hunterdon Central. This is a new NJSDL tournament that will offer ALL speech events and all levels of debate, and we want the tournament to stick around in the future, so let’s go out in force! It will also be the site of States this year, so it might be a good idea to get a feel for the campus, too. Sign up here.

CFL #3 Cancelled

We received word this afternoon that CFL #3 at Montville is cancelled, so there will be no tournament tomorrow (12/17). We will keep you updated if the tournament is rescheduled for another time. Enjoy the weekend, be safe, and we’ll see everyone for our holiday cookie exchange on Tuesday after-school.

Results from Princeton & Summit

Please congratulate the following team members for their hard work and success the past two weekends!

Summit Holiday Classic:

  • Peter Vailakis – Top Non-Advancing Novice, Original Oratory
  • Tyler Harper & Lara Heinlein – Top Non-Advancing Novices, Duo Interpretation
  • Kathryn Altman – 4th place Humorous Interpretation
  • Jordan Pontelandolfo – 4th place Dramatic Interpretation
  • Lauren Spencer – 1st place Dramatic Interpretation
  • Bryn Bennett – 1st place Humorous Interpretation and 1st place Program Oral Interpretation
  • Team Sweepstakes – 5th place

Princeton Classic:

  • Amy Pu – Double-octafinalist, Varsity Lincoln Douglas
  • Shefali Das – Semifinalist, Original Oratory
  • Bryn Bennett – 6th place Humorous Interpretation
  • Lauren Spencer – 6th place Dramatic Interpretation


For all students attending the Princeton trip this weekend, we will be meeting in the commons at 11 am on Friday. If you are attending the tournament, please bring your luggage with you to school in the morning and leave it in Mrs. Poff and Ms. Anllo’s room (B128). Try to pack as lightly as possible – we will be taking a school bus, rather than a charter bus. The tournament will run through Sunday, and we will hopefully return Sunday around 5pm. For more information, including hotel and transportation, check out the Princeton information sheet.

CFL #2 Results

After a week off, our team competed at CFL #2 at Ridge HS on Saturday. Veterans got some great fine-tuning opportunities, novices got some great experience, and we did quite well for ourselves overall. Take a look:

  • Naomi Gonzalez – 6th place JV Extemporaneous Speaking
  • Jordan Pontelandolfo – 5th place Oral Interpretation
  • Abha Walter – 4th place JV Extemporaneous Speaking
  • Lauren Spencer – 4th place Dramatic Performance
  • Bryn Bennett & Caitlyn Dempsey – 4th place Duo Interpretation
  • Claudia Pietrus – 4th place Original Oratory
  • Jacqueline Wu – 3rd place JV Extemporaneous Speaking
  • Sam Halpern – 3rd place Congress
  • Team Sweepstakes – 4th place

Perhaps you’ve already heard about some other excitement from the tournament. Two of our students had the great fortune to debate Stephen Colbert’s son this weekend at CFL #2. What was perhaps more surprising to them was that when they walked in their room, Mr. Colbert was sitting in the back, ready to watch the debate. Mr. Colbert is also a speech and debate alumni from his childhood in South Carolina, so it was really great to see him supporting the activity. If you’re interested in photographic proof, check out our photo gallery here.

Late October Results & CFL #2 Signups

Please join us in congratulating our members who have achieved success at our early-season local tournaments below:

Phillipsburg Invitational:

  • Renee Shen – 6th place Varsity Lincoln Douglas
  • Jordan Pontelandolfo – 6th place Dramatic Interpretation
  • Kathryn Altman – 6th place Humorous Interpretation
  • Mallika Ravi – 5th place Novice Poetry and 5th place Novice Prose
  • Braedyn Speight – 2nd place Novice Poetry
  • Bryn Bennett – 2nd place Program Oral Interpretation

Capitol Beltway Fall Classic:

  • Amy Pu – Octafinalist, Varsity Lincoln Douglas

CFL #1 @ Ridge:

  • Naomi Gonzalez – 1st place Junior Varsity Extemporaneous Speaking

There is only one local tournament in November (CFL #2 at Ridge on 11/12), so make sure you sign up! The earlier you compete, the more feedback you get, the quicker you earn points, and the more comfortable you feel. Sign up here: CFL #2: Ridge.

Princeton Classic

Registration is now open for the Princeton Classic (December 2-4), held on the campus of Princeton University. We encourage all our team members, novice and veteran alike, to take advantage of this inexpensive national tournament right in our backyard.

Please register here and pay a $100 deposit by the deadline of November 2 in order to secure a spot on the trip. Once we have deposits locked in, we will distribute more information about the trip and any additional costs.

Team Apparel

Our annual apparel sale has begun! Go to Fundraising -> Apparel on the menus above, or click here to be taken to the site. It features the apparel order forms as well as photos of the styles we are offering this year. Orders are due by Thursday, October 20, as we need to ensure the apparel is delivered before our home tournament.