ELIZABETH – On March 24th and 25th, the Elizabeth High School Forensics Team competed at the New Jersey Forensics League District Tournament held at Summit High School. After two days of intense competition, four Elizabeth High School students qualified to participate in the National competition held in Indianapolis, Indiana in June 2012.
Students competed in Speech and Debate categories. Speech categories are much more performance oriented, while debate categories are based on argumentation and discourse. Students were entered in a range of categories to represent Elizabeth and were victorious in Duo Interpretation, Humorous Interpretation and Public Forum Debate.
The level of competition was intense as Elizabeth had to defeat top contenders including a National Champion, Harvard finalist, and State Champion. In the end, Elizabeth was successful in its attempt to reach this highly prestigious national competition.
“This is an extraordinary accomplishment on the part of our students and Forensics Team,” stated Elizabeth Board of Education Commissioner Francisco González. “All over the State of New Jersey, our high school students are competing on a level that is unmatched in any urban school district. Now we are going on to the national competition and we couldn’t be more proud of the efforts of our students.”
The following students make up the successful high school forensic team that will represent Elizabeth in Indiana:
- Kristina Bosnic (EHS/12th grade) & Christopher Rodriguez (Jefferson/11th grade) – 2nd place in Duo
- Oscar Abella (EHS/12th grade) & Daysi Martinez (EHS 12th grade)- 3rd place in Public Forum Debate
The following students will serve as alternates for the tournament:
- Arturo Esquivel (EHS/11th grade) -7th place in Humorous Interpretation
- David Figuiredo (EHS/11th grade) -8th place in Humorous Interpretation
Board Commissioner Elcy Castillo-Ospina said, “Our congratulations to all members of Elizabeth’s Forensics Team, especially Head Coach Renee Drummond, on this latest successful effort. Your team helps to highlight for everyone the fact that Elizabeth students continue to achieve excellence in academics, athletics, and the arts.”
Drummond said, “I have been a member of the Elizabeth High School Forensics Team since I was sixteen and have seen how it has grown. I am so proud of all this team has accomplished as it continues to be successful. I respect my students’ drive and dedication to the Forensics Team.” She added, “We could not have done this without the endless support we have received from the district.”
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