NJSDL State Champions and NJ District Qualifiers

Congratulations to all our team members who competed at the NJSDL State Championships and the NJ District Qualifying Tournament! Special congratulations to the following champions and qualifiers:

NJSDL State Champions

  • Bryn Bennett – State Champion, Program Oral Interpretation
  • Caitlyn Dempsey – State Champion, Oral Interpretation

NJ District Qualifiers

  • Bryn Bennett – Program Oral Interpretation
  • Katherine Hu – Original Oratory
  • Mallika Ravi – Informative Speaking

Here is the full list of accomplishments for States and Districts:

NJ District Qualifying Tournament:

Sabrina Hu – semifinalist, Domestic Extemporaneous Speaking
Claudia Pietrus – semifinalist, Original Oratory
Kathryn Altman – semifinalist, Humorous Interpretation (2nd alternate)
Brenna McConnell – runner up, Big Questions Debate
Katherine Hu – qualifier in Original Oratory
Mallika Ravi – qualifier in Informative Speaking
Bryn Bennett – qualifier in Humorous Interpretation (declined) and Program Oral Interpretation (accepted)
Team Sweepstakes – 4th place Speech, 4th place Debate, 2nd place overall

NJSDL State Championships:

Claudia Pietrus – state semifinalist, Original Oratory
Simran Kakkar – state semifinalist, Junior Varsity Lincoln Douglas
Mallika Ravi – 2nd place, Informative Speaking
Bryn Bennett – state semifinalist, Humorous Interpretation & STATE CHAMPION, PROGRAM ORAL INTERPRETATION
Team Sweepstakes – 5th place Speech & 7th place overall

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.

Season Kick-off Meetings!

Welcome back to the school year! The coaches and student officers are excited to welcome everyone back to the competitive season with two upcoming kick-off meetings coming up soon. Both meetings will begin in room 164 after school.

  • Tuesday, September 26 is our special meeting for all returning members. Any team member grades 10-12 who was on the team last year is invited to attend. We’ll be discussing the new season, giving out important information and schedules, setting goals for the year, and training to help welcome our new members at the next meeting
  • Thursday, September 28 is our official season kick-off meeting for all new and returning members. We invite everyone to come and check out our team, meet the coaches and student officers, find out what speech and debate is and why it’s worth your time, and learn about our different events. Bring a friend or two, and enjoy our first meeting of the year!

Please also join our team mailing list if you are a new member. The link to the mailing list can be found here.

Yale Results

Congratulations to the following team members who competed at the Yale Invitational this weekend and advanced to elimination rounds!

  • Lauren Spencer – Quarterfinalist, Dramatic Interpretation
  • Kathryn Altman – Quarterfinalist, Humorous Interpretation
  • Nicole Nissel & Briana Nissel – Semifinalists, Duo Interpretation

Yale Invitational Signups

Any team member interested in signing up for the Yale Invitational (9/15-9/17) should sign up here. All new and returning team members are welcome to sign up, but since we only have so much bus space, veteran team members will receive preference over new ones if necessary. Sign up before 8/1 to ensure your best chance of registration!

NSDA Nationals Results

Please congratulate our two students who competed this week at the NSDA National Tournament in Birmingham, AL, Shefali Das (INF) and Lauren Spencer (DI).Lauren placed in the top 120 in the nation in her supplemental event of Prose Interpretation.

Shefali placed in the top 60 in the nation in her main event of Informative Speaking, and placed in the top 20 in the nation in her supplemental event of Poetry Interpretation.


NCFL Results

Please congratulate our two students who competed this weekend at the NCFL Grand National Tournament in Louisville, KY, Claudia Pietrus (OO) and Caitlyn Dempsey (OI). Special congratulations to Caitlyn for breaking to octafinals in Oral Interpretation, placing in the top 50 nationally!

2017-18 Officers

Congratulations to our new officers for the 2017-18 school year:

Co-Presidents  Bryn Bennett & Renee Shen
Vice-President of Speech  Caitlyn Dempsey
Vice-President of Debate  Brandon Luong
Vice-President of Communications  Allie Wu
Captain of Interpretation  Kathryn Altman
Captain of LPPAC  Claudia Pietrus
Captain of Public Forum  Julia Yan
Captain of Lincoln Douglas  Simran Kakkar