For the third straight year, the Oak Hall Speech & Debate Team has won the Saint Augustine Catholic Forensic League’s (SACFL) Overall Points Sweepstakes Championship! (14-15, 15-16, and 16-17) To win the award, Oak Hall amassed the most top finishes during this year’s competitive local season from October through February, winning four out of five competitions outright. Oak Hall finished in front of second place, Santa Fe High, third place P. K. Yonge, and 4th place, Fleming Island High.
The winning Eagles received a first place trophy, and retained possession of the coveted Galloping Gavel, a traveling award which spends the next academic year with the league champions.
Results of this event, held at P. K. Yonge were:
1st place Duo Interpretation, Ian Burns '20 and Esha Patel '20
Best Speaker-Policy Debate, Magnolia Stuart '18
2nd Speaker-Policy Debate, Jackson Gaines '19
Best Speaker-Lincoln Douglas Debate, Kumail Zaidi '20
1st Place Extemporaneous Speaking, Esha Patel
1st place Oratorical Declamation, and 2nd place Oral Interpretation of Literature Angela Xie '19
1st place Lincoln Douglas Debate, Kumail Zaidi
3rd place and Lincoln Douglas Debate, Rohan Parimoo '20
According to Oak Hall’s Director of Forensics, Mr. Marna Weston, the ‘three-peat’ was a very special and particularly memorable outcome for our program.
"This sort of multi-year success ties together the work of students who have now graduated, with some who started with the program as middle schoolers, and this year’s current participants. I am really proud of our team and the legacy of positive finishes year after year,” said Mr. Weston.
Several students also qualified to attend the Grand National Championship in Louisville, Kentucky during the 2017 Memorial Day weekend. National qualifiers are the Policy Debate teams of Amanda Perry '18, Magnolia Stuart, Emily Liu '19, and Jackson Gaines, in Extemporaneous Speaking, Esha Patel, in Lincoln Douglas Debate, Kumail Zaidi, and in Oral Interpretation of Literature, Angela Xie.