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-- Terry Kearns (, March 06, 2001


The Grady Forensics Team has gotten off to a great start. The first tournament on September 8 at Mays High School offered competition for novice debaters and speakers. Grady sent a contingent of 30 plus students to participate or to judge. Lincoln Douglas Debaters, Bryan Wynder and Wesley Myrick were recognized as third and second place speakers respectively. Wesley place forth overall in Lincoln Douglas competition. Freshman, Stephen Johnson place second in Extemporaneous speaking, and the Duo Interpretation team of Nyamka Shukura and Nia Mandela placed fourth.

Following the tragedy on September 11, the Debate community determined to go on with scheduled competitions as a symbolic gesture in defiance of terrorism. The Grady varsity team travelled to Wake Forest University early on Friday morning. At that very elite national circuit tournament, Senior Michael Crachiolo advanced to the octofinals round winning the first leg (two are required) of a Tournament of Champions bid. If he advances to this level again at another national circuit tournament he will be invited to participate in the prestigious Tournament of Champions held in Louisville, Kentucky each spring. Meanwhile, back in Atlanta, the junior varsity and novice squad participated at a tournament at the Westminster Schools. Katherine and Kimberly Hagan competing in novice policy debate won the tournament. They were first out of fifty two novice teams. Laura Jones and Thi Lam placed tenth. The junior varsity team of Brian Ringo and Alex Thomas placed fifteenth. In addition, Katherine was recognized as the second place speaker, and Kimberly as the eigth place speaker.

On September 21-22, the team participated at the Northside Warner Robins High School Tournament. Novice policy debaters, Katherine and Kimberly Hagan again advanced to the final round of competition where they triumphed. Laura Jones was recognized as the first place novice speaker, Kimberly Hagan as the third place speaker, and Thi Lam as the eighth place speaker. At the varsity level, the policy team of Joel Lemuel and Andrew Watson advanced to the quarter final round where they lost in a heartbreaking 2-1 decision to Pace. Andrew was recognized as the fifth place varsity speaker, and Joel as the tenth place varsity speaker. In Lincoln Douglas competition, Jordan Huppert placed second overall. Freshamn Caitlin McQuade placed third overall in Original Oratory at her first competition, and the Duo Interpretation team of Nyamka Shukura and Nia Mandela placed fourth. This past weekend, September 28-29, a small contingent participated at the Sandra W. Silvers Classic Varsity Forensics Tournament at Calhoun High School. Michael Crachiolo became the tournament champion in a competitive Lincoln Douglas division. Junior, Jessica Riley advanced to the octofinal round. In policy debate, a team made up of junior, Joel Lemuel and freshman, Harrison Martin advanced to the octofinal round. This represented a real accomplishment, as it was only Harrison's third tournament; he filled in for Joel's regular partner, Andrew Watson who was visiting colleges this weekend. Joel was recognized as the ninth place speaker in this very elite varsity division.

-- Terry Kearns (, October 04, 2001.

This past weekend Grady Forensics students swept the Golden Isles Classic Tournament at Glynn Academy in Brunswick, GA.

In Individual Events, Stephanie Hagan won first place in Original Oratory. She and Sam Bryant placed first in Duo Interpretation, while newcomers Brittany Sessions and Andrew Kinsey placed third. Sam won second place in Impromptu speaking.

In Extemporaneous Speaking, Kamaria Guest placed third, Jordan Huppert placed fourth and Alvester Walker placed fifth.

In Lincoln Douglas Debate, Jessica Riley won recognition as the second place speaker, and Alvester Walker as the top speaker. Kamaria Guest place second overall in Lincoln Douglas Debate competition. The tournament recognized Joel Lemuel as top Junior Varsity Speaker in Policy Debate. He and his partner Derrick Dennis (although they competed as Varsity and placed third overall) placed first among JV competitors.

Will Martin served as presiding officer in the model congress. Please congratulate these students for recapturing the sweepstakes award as a team.

-- debbie demoss (, April 26, 2001.

Forensics Awards-Henry W. Grady High School 2000-2001

September 9 Mays Novice Tournament Atlanta, Ga 
Ninth Place Team Junior Varsity Policy Debate 
Joel Lemuel and Daemien Watson
Fifth Place Speaker Junior Varsity Policy Debate Joel Lemuel
Third Place Original Oratory-Alvester Walker

September 16 Westminster Novice Atlanta, GA September 15-17 Wake Forest University-Varsity Winston-Salem, NC 
Double Octofinalist-Kamaria Guest

September 22-23 Northside High School Warner Robins, GA 
Semi Finalist Lincoln Douglas Debate-Kamaria Guest
Octofinals Varsity Policy Joel Lemuel and Andrew Watson
Quarter Finals Varsity Policy Debate- Jernard Sherman and Aaron Godbey
Second Place Speaker-Varsity Policy Debate-Andrew Watson
Tournament Champion Lincoln Douglas Debate- Michael Crachiolo

September 29-30 Brookwood High School Snellville, GA 
Presiding Officer Student Congress-Will Martin
First Place Original Oratory-Stephanie Hagan
Quarter Finals Varsity Policy-Jernard Sherman and Andrew Watson
Tournament Champion Lincoln Douglas Debate-Michael Crachiolo 

October 6-7 Gainesville High School Gainesville, GA 
Fourth Place Speaker Varsity Policy Debate-Andrew Watson
Third Place Speaker Varsity Policy Debate-Will Martin
First Place Novice Policy team-Michael Crachiolo and Jessica Riley

October 13-14 Woodruff Invitational-Varsity Atlanta, GA 
Quarterfinals &First Place Speaker Lincoln Douglas Debate-Michael Crachiolo

October 20-21 Calhoun High School Calhoun, GA Semifinals Varsity Lincoln Douglas Debate-Michael Crachiolo
Quarter Finals Varsity Policy Debate-Andrew Watson and Derrick Dennis

October 27-28 Warner Robins High School Warner Robins, GA
Semifinals Varsity Policy, Aaron Godbey and Jernard Sherman
Invitation to Richard B. Russell Allstate Tournament

November 10-11 Homewood High School Birmingham, Al 

November 17-18 Carrollton High School Carrollton, GA Joel Lemuel First Place Speaker Policy-Open Division
Chrishandra Taylor Second Place Extemporaneous Speaking
November 15- 17 The Glenbrooks Chicago, IL
Derrick Dennis, Aaron Godbey, Jernard Sherman and Andrew Watson compete at national circuit Varsity tournament

December 2 Fayette Co. Peachtree City 
First Place Speaker Joel Lemuel-Policy Open Division
Third Place Team Joel Lemuel and Brandon Williams 

December 8-9 SUWG Carrollton, GA 
Quarterfinals Varsity Policy Aaron Godbey and Jernard Sherman

January 12-13 Lexington Classic Lexington, MA 
Michael Crachiolo, Kamaria Guest, Aaron Godbey, Will Martin, Jernard Sherman and Andrew Watson compete at national circuit tournament

January 19-20 Milton High School Alpharetta, GA 
Second Place Original Oratory-Stephanie Hagan
First Place Impromptu-Ashley Whitaker
Fourth Place Speaker-Varsity Policy-Joel Lemuel
Fifth Place Speaker-Varsity Policy-Andrew Watson
Twelfth Place Speaker-Varsity Policy-Derrick Dennis
Tenth Place Team-Derrick Dennis and Andrew Watson

January 24 Region 5AA Policy Atlanta, Ga 
Affirmative Team Derrick Dennis and Andrew Watson 
Negative Team-Aaron Godbey And Jernard Sherman
Second Place

January 26-27 Houston Co HS/ CFL Qualifier Warner Robins, GA 
Michael Crachiolo Qualifier in Congress
Kamaria Guest, Ben Grad and Alvester Walker Qualifiers in Lincoln Douglas 

February 2-4 Barkley Forum-Emory-Varsity Atlanta, GA 
A number of Grady competitors were invited to participate in this prestigious national circuit tournament: Aaron Godbey and Jernard Sherman, Derrick Dennis and Andrew Watson in Policy Debate, Michael Crachiolo and Kamaria Guest in Lincoln Douglas Debate, Emily Anderson and Sara Kuebbing in Extemporaneous Speaking, Stephanie Hagan in Original Oratory, and Will Martin and Eli Sweet in Congress. 

February 16-17 NFL District Tournament-Varsity St. Pius X, Atlanta 
Michael Crachiolo first place qualifier in Lincoln Douglas Debate,
Derrick Dennis and Andrew Watson First Alternate in Policy Debate
Joel Lemuel and Will Martin Second Alternate in Policy Debate

Champions Mock Trial Region Fulton Co Courthouse
February 24 Centennial Crystal Classic-IE Roswell, GA 
First Place Novice Extemporaneous Speaking-Joel Lemuel
Third Place Novice Extemporaneous Speaking-Andrew Watson
Second Place Varsity Extemporaneous Speaking-Michael Crachiolo
Fifth Place Varsity Extemporaneous Speaking-Alvester Walker
Second Place Speaker Congress-Kamaria Guest
Third Place Speaker Congress-Andrew Watson
Honorable Mention Prose Poetry Interpretation

March 2-3 UGA Bulldog Classic Athens, GA 
Derrick Dennis and Joel Lemuel Octofinals
Joel Lemuel Fourteenth Speaker
Derrick Dennis-Eighteenth Speaker
Kamaria Guest-Second Place Speaker, Semifinals

Richard B. Russell All State Doubletree Suites, Atlanta Fifth Place Team-Jernard Sherman and Andrew Watson
Eighth Place Speaker-Andrew Watson
Ninth Place Speaker-Jernard Sherman

March 10 Region 5AA Literary Atlanta, Ga 
Champion Girl's Extemporaneous Speaking-Sara Kuebbing
Champion Boys's Extemporaneous Speaking-Michael Crachiolo
Runner-Up Boy's Spelling-Andrew Watson 

March 17 State 5AA Literary Warner Robins, GA 
Third Place Boy's Exremporaneous Speaking-Michael Crachiolo

NFL Point Standings to date:

Charlotte Abston Merit 54
Emily Anderson Special Distinction 574
Brooke Ashworth Merit 36
Sam Bryant Excellence 420
David Carpenter Honor 78
West Chambless Excellence 181
Sarah Crachiolo Special Distinction 626
Alta Corbett Member 29
Nicloe DeMoss Honor 78
Aaron Godbey Superior Distinction 752
Stephanie Hagan Special Distinction 701
James Howard Honor 144
Samantha Hudgins Merit 66
Leah Irwin Merit 48
Patrick Johnson Honor 79
Sara Kuebbing Special Distinction 542
Emily McFarland Honor 84
Jernard Sherman Special Distinction 631
Ashlyn Shockley Honor 78
Eli Sweet Excellence 242
Georgia Tychen Honor 99
Daemien Watson Distinction 326
Toni Winston Merit 30


Sydney Bufkin Honor 78
Michael Crachiolo Special Distinction 725
Derrick Dennis Special Distinction 590
Ben Grad Distinction 347
Kamaria Guest Special Distinction 612
Lisa Jackson Merit 33
Will Martin Special Distinction 712
Chrishandra Taylor Distinction 285
Alvester Walker Special Distinction 579
Andrew Watson Special Distinction 602


Allegra Chavez-Holzman Merit 69
Natalie Davenport Merit 51
Aaron DeMoss Merit 30
Winston Douglas Merit 37
Shayla Hill Merit 28
Jordan Huppert Merit 63
Shenae Holmes Merit 51
Chris Johnson Honor 117
Allie Fair Keel Merit 30
Andrew Kinsey Merit 33
Joel Lemuel Special Distinction 523
Sam McGaughey Merit 34
Morgan Marshall Merit 63
Armen Nalband Merit 30
Allena Perez Honor 75
Michael Powell Merit 57
Jessica Riley Excellence 189
Madison Roarabaugh Merit 60
Will Rooks Merit 39
Brittany Sessions Merit 41
Ashley Whitaker Honor 125
Stephanie Witcher Honor 104


Kevin Cobbs Merit 36
Robert Espinoza Merit 33
Conrad Gross Merit 33
Rachel Herman Merit 30
Tia Hurd Merit 59
Tony Levison Merit 34
Whitner O'Dowd Merit 30
Brian Ringo Merit 60
Catherine Secrest Merit 54
Rebecca Tolmach Merit 33
Alex Thomas Merit 51
Brandon Williams Honor 108
Brian Wynder Merit 30

-- Lisa Willoughby (, March 19, 2001.

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