A Winning Season for STJ Debate!
Ending a very successful regular season, Saint James Schools students received the top individual awards at the Alabama Forensics Educators State Tournament on April 3-5, held on the campus of Carver High School in Birmingham. The team captured Second Place, Overall, as well as State Champion in Individual Events, and Second Place Winner in Congressional Debate.
Junior McLean Stewart was named Alabama Forensic Student of the Year, the award given for the tournament’s most outstanding competitor. Junior Hayden Cavanaugh received the Outstanding Competitor of the Year Award, reserved for the student earning the best scores in a total of three events. In addition, team sponsor Dr. Ian Turnipseed was elected the Alabama Forensic Educator Association President -- a position he will hold for the next two years.
"In addition to these stellar awards we also came away with six state champions,” said Turnipseed. “Almost every single person we brought placed in their events.”
Pearce Barringer was Extemporaneous Champion in International Speaking and received Fifth Place in After Dinner Speaking. Meagan Ashner was State Champion in Humorous Interpretation, and placed Third in Dramatic Interpretation, and Second in Poetry. Maya Smith was State Champion in Prose, placed Fourth in Humorous Interpretation, and received Second Place in Dramatic Interpretation. Hayden Cavanaugh won the State Championship in Original Oratory, was Third in Varsity Congress House, Second in Impromptu Speaking, and Fourth in International Extemporaneous Speaking. McLean Stewart was a double champion, winning the State Championship in Impromptu Speaking, and State Championship in Domestic Extemporaneous Speaking as well as Fifth place in Varsity Congress Senate. In addition, Cavanaugh and Stewart were Semifinalists in Varsity Public Forum.
Other students placing in their events include Jeronne Carter, Bradley Wascher, Carter Payne, Cassidy Duncan, Kat Rump, Phillip Davis, Phillip Goodwyn, Daniel Kim, and Carolyn Byrd.
In addition to its Second Place Overall win at the State Tournament, Saint James’ Forensics Team won the District Tournament at the Deep South tourney hosted in the Capital City by Montgomery Academy in Feb. STJ received First Place Overall and First Place in Individual Events. A total of 19 schools from around the state competed to see who would represent the State of Alabama at the National Tournament this summer. With the District win, nine students out of a possible 30 will come from Saint James.