Lower School students on the Forensics Team could not participate in the regional competition this year due to the coronavirus pandemic, but their fervor and enthusiasm did not flag. They practiced at home, and on two days toward the end of the school year, they dressed in formal clothes and delivered their performances via Zoom for parents and judges.
Mrs. Susan Duquette, who coordinates the Forensics Team, organized the event. In a note to parents and students, Mrs. Duquette commended the students for their ongoing commitment, and she encouraged them to continue to develop their talents and join the team next year.
“Although this spring has been unique, we have learned so many important lessons," she said. “The challenges we faced made us stronger, gave us confidence, and highlighted the things we value the most - our family, our education, and our personal growth."
The Forensics Team is an extracurricular activity with weekly practices after school, one that complements the school's public speaking curriculum, from Boy and Girl of the Day to the Senior Speech Program. The team is a tremendously popular activity each year, reflecting schoolwide enthusiasm for public speaking. Mrs. Duquette noted that many of the participants continued to practice at home after the move to distance learning, and their performances at the speak-off showed significant progress from the practices in early March that unexpectedly became the final in-person gatherings of this year's team.
The top speakers in each category are listed immediately below. The entire team appears at the bottom of the article with an asterisk next to the names of those who participated in the speak-off on Zoom.
Congratulations to all of our energetic, expressive speakers on the 2019-20 Forensics Team!
1. Brogan Brown '28
2. Max Bradshaw '28
3. Wyatt Salter '27
1. Ella Stufflebeem '26
2. Mary James Steadman '28
3. Allie Wight '27
1. River Dorroh '27
2. Rohith Konduri '28
3. Aditya Jain '26
1. Lexi Budlong '28
2. Siya Patel '26
3. Emily Salib '26
1. Aarush Desai '26
2. Grant Fernandez '27
3. CJ Kemp '27
1. Ananya Iyer '27
2. KB Chambliss '26
3. Rhylee Thomas '28
1. Julia Dodd '26
2. Sydney Gantous '28
3. Lily Mason-Breit '27
Girls: Caroline Burroughs '28, Paige Randolph Crocker '28, Mila Levy '27*, Mary James Steadman '28*, Ella Stufflebeem '26*, Allie Wight '27*
Boys: Max Bradshaw '28*, Brogan Brown '28*, Wyatt Salter '27*
Girls: KB Chambliss '26*, Ananya Iyer '27*, Anna Pang '26, Rhylee Thomas '28*
Boys: Gabriel Bond '28*, Aarush Desai '26*, Grant Fernandez '27*, CJ Kemp '27*, David Martin '26, Soham Patel '28*
Girls: Julia Dodd '26*, Anna Fix '28, Sydney Gantous '28*, Lily Mason-Breit '27*
Boys: Finn Guzik '27, Oliver Scott '26
Girls: Mollie Armentrout '28, Lane Britt '26*, Korinne Brooks '27, Lexi Budlong '28*, Leah Gregoire '28, Siya Patel '26*, Emily Salib '26*, Ava Stith '28
Boys: River Dorroh '27*, Aditya Jain '26*, Rohith Konduri '28*