Congratulations to Grady High School’s award-winning debate team, the Jesters! During winter break, the Jesters spent their time becoming champions. They trail blazed their way to wins and notable rankings starting in Cambridge, Mass., at the Harvard University High School Speech and Debate Invitational featuring hundreds of schools from 43 states and three countries.
On Feb. 23, the team competed at Valdosta High School for the Georgia Forensics Coaches Association (GFCA) Varsity State Speech and Debate Championships, where they captured their 10th state championship. Olivia Hunter and Joe Earles advanced to the Octofinal round in Duo Interpretation, while Harrison Gray took 12th place in Extemporaneous Speaking, and Lucia Fernandez placed eighth in Original Oratory.
At the GFCA Varsity Speech and Debate State Championship, the Jesters claimed three sweepstakes champion titles including in Overall Sweepstakes, making it their 10th state championship in a row. Talk about a debate powerhouse!
Here are some of the final results following the championship at Valdosta High School:
Policy Debate: Semifinalists- Assata Nkosi and Daniel Wakefield; Daniel Wakefield, 3rd Place Speaker
Lincoln-Douglas Debate: Emma Harmon, Octofinalist; Griffin Richie, Semifinalist
Public Forum Debate: William Poss & Kelley Downes, Quarterfinalists; Gerald Robison & Jack Stegelman and Jordan Thomas & Ethan Damiani, CO-CHAMPIONS!
Duo Interpretation: Maximus Freightman & Adam Miller, 4th Place
Dramatic Interpretation: Olivia Hunter, 4th Place
Program Oral Interpretation: Taylor Jackson, 2nd Place
Original Oratory: George Lefkowica, 4th Place; Lucia Fernandez, CHAMPION
Impromptu Speaking: Sarah Likins, Semifinals; Declan McCarthy, Semifinals; Eric Slovensky, 5th Place; Harrison Gray, 4th Place; Franky Fernandez, CHAMPION
Extemporaneous Speaking: Declan McCarthy, Semifinals; Maeve Malaney-Lau, Semifinalist; Sarah Likins, Semifinalist; George Lefkowicz, Semifinalist; Eric Slovensky, 5thPlace; Franky Fernandez, 2nd Place; Harrison Gray, CHAMPION
Novice CHAMPION in Duo Interpretation: Keller Rentz-Baker & George Smalley
Novice CHAMPION in Extemporaneous Speaking: Oliver Gray