States and Districts Postponed

As of now, NJSDL State Championships are postponed indefinitely. The NJ District Qualifying Tournament has been rescheduled for May 1-2, but stay alert because that date may move up or become cancelled altogether depending on future circumstances.

Stay safe and be well!

CFL 1 and Princeton

Below are the results for the first Newark CFL tournament of the year:

  • Katherine Hu – 4th place, Original Oratory
  • Paul Ward & Allie Wu – Quarterfinalists, Varsity Public Forum

AND – it’s that time again! The Princeton Classic is coming up soon. Waitlists for the tournament will be cleared next week, so make sure to sign up ASAP. Even if you aren’t 100% certain that you can attend, it’s better to sign up now and drop later than waiting too long with the possibility of not getting in. Princeton sign-ups are here. Deposit information will be handed out at meetings this week – those will be due on November 8.

Results & October Tournaments

Big Bronx Results:

Bryn Bennett placed 2nd in Program Oral Interp at this major national tournament! Congratulations!

October Tournaments:

Our first local tournaments of the year are coming up in the next two weeks. We encourage all team members to sign up for these – the earlier you start competing, the more practice you get, and the earlier you get feedback from judges. Sign up below for:

CFL #1 @ Union Catholic – 10/21

Phillipsburg – 10/28

FYI – for Phillipsburg on, our new policy for sign-ups will be one week ahead of the tournament. So, the sign-up deadline for Phillipsburg will be this Satuday, 10/21.

Districts & National Tournament Qualifiers

Here are the results for our last regular tournament of the 2016-17 season!

New Jersey District Qualifying Tournament:

  • Sam Halpern – Semifinalist in Domestic Extemporaneous Speaking
  • Caitlyn Dempsey – Semifinalist in Program Oral Interpretation & Dramatic Interpretation
  • Bryn Bennett – 2nd alternate in Humorous Interpretation
  • Lauren Spencer – Qualifier in Dramatic Interpretation
  • Shefali Das – 1st alternate in Original Oratory, qualifier in Informative Speaking

This means that we have FOUR students who have qualified in their events to a national championship tournament, and THREE who are alternates to those tournaments! Please congratulate the following students on their qualification, and wish them luck at the end of this school year:

2017 NCFL Grand Nationals (Louisville, KY):

  • Caitlyn Dempsey (OI)
  • Claudia Pietrus (OO)
  • Jordan Pontelandolfo (1st alternate, OI)

2017 NSDA Nationals (Birmingham, AL):

  • Shefali Das (INF & 1st alternate, OO)
  • Lauren Spencer (DI)
  • Bryn Bennett (2nd alternate, HI)

What an end to our season! Well done all.

States Results & Districts

First, we have our results from this weekend’s State Championships. We are so proud of all the hard work everyone on the team has put in over the year that has led to this point – students, parent judges, and coaches alike. Our individual successes and our sustained success as a program are based totally in all that you do.

  • Shefali Das – state semifinalist in Original Oratory
  • Caitlyn Dempsey – state semifinalist in Program Oral Interpretation
  • Claudia Pietrus – state semifinalist in Impromptu Speaking
  • Jess Wattman – state semifinalist in Oral Interpretation
  • Lauren Spencer – 4th place Dramatic Interpretation
  • Bryn Bennett – 5th place Humorous Interpretation & 3rd place Program Oral Interpretation
  • Team Sweepstakes – 6th place, Speech

Massive thanks are in order for all that everyone has done to get us to this point. For all our members for whom this was their last tournament this year, well done and thank you!


Districts is this week! All students selected to attend Districts (at Summit HS) are expected to attend our meeting after school Tuesday for important information. Districts is a special tournament that determines who will represent New Jersey at NSDA Nationals in June, so there are particular rules and regulations about competition. It is very important that everyone be at the meeting on Tuesday.


Winter is not through with us, apparently, and as I write this Tuesday looks to be close to a sure bet for school cancellation. So if there is indeed a snow day, I would ask that everyone come in at lunch on Wednesday for a brief meeting on Districts instead. It will not last all of lunch, but if you want to bring your lunch and stay there, I suppose I will let you get away with that just this once. If Wednesday is somehow a snow day as well (not outside the realm of possibility, if my amateur meteorologist friends are correct), then our meeting will be at lunch on Thursday instead, but that will be cutting things verrry short.

Weekend Results

Our last weekend before States and Districts was a busy one! Take a look below and congratulate the whole team and all these individuals on hard work well rewarded!


  • Katherine Hu – 6th place Humorous Interpretation & Top Non-Advancing Novice, Original Oratory
  • Aaron Alemi – 4th place Novice Lincoln Douglas
  • Mallika Ravi & Braedyn Speight – 3rd place Duo Interpretation
  • Jess Wattman – 2nd place Oral Interpretation
  • Nicole Nissel – 3rd place Program Oral Interpretation & 2nd place Humorous Interpretation
  • Shefali Das – 3rd place Original Oratory & 1st place Improvisational Acting
  • Team Sweepstakes – 5th place

CFL #6 @ Union Catholic:

  • Lara Heinlein & Tyler Harper – 6th place Duo Interpretation
  • Claudia Pietrus – 4th place Original Oratory
  • Jordan Pontelandolfo – 1st place Varsity Oral Interpretation
  • Team Sweepstakes – 5th place
  • League Sweepstakes – 5th place

States and Districts Rosters

Congratulations to all team members who have qualified or been selected to compete at the NJSDL State Championships and the NJ District Qualifying Tournament!

  • If you were not selected for States, there may still be an opportunity for you to compete in either Congress or Declamation. Please see a coach if you are interested.
  • All competitors in interpretation events are required to register their piece information here (change workbooks to change between tournaments). They  must also have their script on-hand at all times for the duration of each tournament.
  • All competitors in public address events are required to register the titles of their pieces at the same link, and must submit one annotated copy of their speech (with works cited) to a coach and carry another copy with them.
  • All competitors in debate should familiarize themselves with NSDA rules, especially on evidence challenges and use of Wifi.
  • If you have questions about these tournaments, visit this link for more information, or speak to a VP or coach.

States Rosters

Districts Rosters

Well done to all team members for a fantastic season. It’s not over yet!

Results Results Results

Congratulations to our team on their success at the most recent tournaments. Please congratulate these team members if you see them!

District Congress @ Montville:

  • Sam Halpern – 6th place Senate (4th alternate)

Montville Invitational:

  • Katherine Hu – Top Non-Advancing Novice, Humorous Interpretation
  • Allie Wu & Paul Ward – 6th place Novice Public Forum
  • Nicole Nissel – 5th place Program Oral Interpretation
  • Renee Shen – 4th place Varsity Lincoln Douglas
  • Shefali Das – 3rd place Oral Interpretation
  • Jordan Pontelandolfo – 1st place Oral Interpretation

Harvard Invitational:

  • Amy Pu – Triple-octafinalist, Varsity Lincoln Douglas
  • Lauren Spencer – Octafinalist, Dramatic Interpretation
  • Caitlyn Dempsey – Quarterfinalist, Program Oral Interpretation
  • Bryn Bennett – Quarterfinalist, Humorous Interpretation & Semifinalist, Program Oral Interpretation

Montville Big Questions & World Schools Debate:

  • Sam Halpern, Shefali Das, & Daniel Kim – 5th place World Schools Debate

CFL #5 @ Ridge:

  • Tyler Harper & Lara Heinlein – 5th place Duo Interpretation
  • Jaqueline Wu – 1st place Junior Varsity Extemporaneous Speaking
  • Caitlyn Dempsey – 1st place Varsity Oral Interpretation

Borelli Memorial:

  • Shefali Das – 1st place Original Oratory

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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