Joel Gopurathingal, a sophomore at Delaware Academy Central School, qualified to go by winning won in international extemporaneous. The format was similar to McKane’s. One of his topics involved relations between India and the United States.
“It was definitely an exciting experience,” he said. “I never thought I would win.”
He said it was a goal he had for his senior year.
He enjoys the competition because “It helps me prepare for the future,” Gopurathingal said. “It’s a life skill that will come in handy.”
He was trying his best to attend, he said, despite a conflict with his Regents exams.
Also winning from Delaware Academy was Rachel Vail for dramatic interpretation. The names of other winners were not available Tuesday.
Unatego team coach Jennifer Mileski said the school sent two students to the Oneonta competition for the experience. A larger team will participate in the National Catholic Forensic League tournament this weekend at Delaware Academy. It is similar to the NFL meet, but it does conflict with Regents week, she said.