Students tested their powers of persuasion and public address on Saturday during the Catskill Area Study Council’s annual invitational speech and debate tournament, with several local youths taking top honors.
This year, the December tournament was renamed the John Parker Invitational to honor Parker, a retired teacher, forensics coach and former program coordinator.
According to a media release from the Study Council, Parker and his wife, Sue, built the local speech and debate program to what is now the largest district in New York state. Seventy students from 12 districts participated in Saturday’s Iroquois District tournament. The local district of the National Forensics League includes schools in Pennsylvania and Vermont.
According to the National Forensics League website, the organization is the oldest and largest interscholastic forensic organization, representing more than 120,000 high school and middle school students.
Students compete individually or in teams in one or more public speaking events. The local competition included events such as impromptu speaking, dramatic interpretation and debate.
The first-place trophy for overall performance went to Towanda. Second and third place went to teams from Delhi and Worcester, respectively. Complete local results are as follows:
Stevie Banks, Franklin; third place, dramatic interpretation.
Everett Bishop and Alyssa Christman, Worcester: second place, duo interpretation.
Ryan Carson and Angela Goodrich, Unatego: first place, public forum debate.
Frederick Coleman, Oneonta: second place, extemporaneous.
Jaclyn Courter, Milford: first place, impromptu.
Anne D’Angelo and Aleysha Van Dijk, Unatego: second place, public forum debate; third place, duo interpretation
Bethany Davis, Delhi: first place, declamation; third place (tie), oral interpretation.
Vicky Eichhorn, Laurens: first place, original oratory.
Joel Gopurathingal, Delhi: third place, extemporaneous.
Malorie Jordan and Stacey Sickler, Franklin: First place, JV duo interpretation.
Tori Munro, Milford: second place, JV impromptu.
Cody Norton, Worcester: first place, dramatic interpretation; second place, impromptu.
Eliza Puritz, Oneonta: first place, extemporaneous.
Ian Rogers, Laurens: first place, Lincoln-Douglas debate.
Lexi Rowe, Oneonta: third place, Lincoln-Douglas debate.
Rachel Vail, Delhi: second place, declamation; second place, dramatic interpretation.