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Students earn national standing

Ten students from Chagrin Falls High School competed at the National Speech and Debate Tournament, which took place virtually June 14-18. The team members included junior Brenna Sincaglia and senior Fiona Garvey in Dramatic Interpretation, juniors Grace Hoy and Eric Feucht in Duo Interpretation, junior Hattie Sherman in Humorous Interpretation, junior Wren Opperman in Original Oratory, sophomore Tina Logan in Program Oral Interpretation and juniors Ali Holtz, Sophia Avery and Carter Kilby in Lincoln Douglas Debate.

On the debate side, Sophia placed third in the nation in the Lincoln Douglas Debate while Ali placed seventh. Ali also took fifth place in the Lincoln Douglas debate speaker awards. Carter contributed by making it to elimination rounds and placing in the top one-third of the 368 debaters at the tournament. Because of the amount of points scored by the debaters, Chagrin Falls High School was named a School of Excellence in Debate as one of the top 20 schools nationwide.

On the speech side, Grace and Eric took 11th place in Duo Interpretation and Brenna and Fiona both made it to elimination rounds in Dramatic Interpretation. In March, Grace and Eric won the 2021 Ohio State Championship in Duo Interpretation.

“After our National Championship win in Public Forum Debate last year, we had high hopes for this year’s group,” said head coach Ken Kasee. “Qualifying for Nationals in the Cleveland district is extremely difficult. Our district prepared these team members all season long to compete against the best in the country.

“For multiple team members on both the speech and debate side to have the success they did is a true testament to the work they put in every week since October,” he added. “Our assistant coach Corinne Midlik is dedicated to this Lincoln Douglas squad. She has worked with Carter, Ali and Sophia for the past three years and developed them into fierce competitors.” Ms. Midlik was the 2021 Cleveland District Assistant Coach of the Year.

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