The largest high school tournament in the nation was hosted at Harvard University this past weekend and Georgia had a great showing in multiple events. Isabelle Taft of Grady High School placed 3rd overall in Extemporaneous Speaking out of 218 contestants! Teammates Marius Jackson & Jahra Gholston reached the Octofinal round (Top 48) out of 194 duo teams. Another Grady student, Quameeha Grandoit, also reached the elimination rounds – Octofinals (Top 48) out of 396 competitors!
In JV Lincoln Douglas, Grady’s Tiger Li and Jamie Reed both reached the Triple Octofinal round. In JV Public Forum the Grady team of Sammi Dean and Olivia Viera had a winning record, but missed clearing on speaker points.
In JV Policy Debate, Pace Academy’s Katie Duval & Kal Golde were the top seed after preliminary rounds but lost in their Double Octofinal debate. Their teammates Tanner Lewis & Clyde Shepherd reached the Semifinal round – making them finish 3rd place out of 122 teams!
In Varsity Policy Debate, Stratford Academy’s Andrew Jones and Hemanth Sanjeev were the top seed after preliminary rounds (yet again, this is 4th tournament in a row!), but bowed out in Semifinals to the eventual champions from Greenhill. Westminster’s James Pavur and Rahul Patel, Dunwoody’s Haley Hopkins and Robert Gallerstein, and Pace Academy’s Lauren Sukin and Brian Klarman all received bids to the TOC by reaching the Octofinal round. Westminster’s Nate Hall and Willy Xiao, Woodward’s Jason Sigalos and Rahim Shakoor, and Westminster’s Robel Worku and Colin Basco all reached the Double Octofinal round.
Great job Georgia!