Saint James
Saint James School
Montgomery, Alabama

STJ Forensics is taking a National Stage

Dr. Ian Turnipseed, Saint James School Forensics Coach, and the 2015 STJ Forensics Team, after the district tournament Saturday, March 14, 2015.

The Saint James School Forensics Team competed at the district tournament March 13 and 14, 2015, to determine qualifiers for the National Speech and Debate Tournament this summer in Dallas, Texas. The STJ team, directed by Dr. Ian Turnipseed, qualified a Saint James student for nationals in every category - a very rare accomplishment to be lauded. In addition, Saint James took every national qualifying spot for the state of Alabama in Extemporaneous Speaking, meaning, no other school in the state of Alabama will have students competing in Extemp at the national tournament. The team’s success is a great achievement for all of the STJ competitors. Ranks included Ed White placing 5th in Original Oratory, Hannah Yost received 7th place in Domestic Extemporaneous Speaking, Jacob Cannon received 3rd place in Domestic Extemporaneous Speaking, Henry Olree received 3rd place in International Extemporaneous Speaking, Erica Aho received 4th place in Humorous Interpretation and Dramatic Interpretation, (she will attend nationals for DI based on other students not attending), Philip Davis received 2nd place and qualified for the national tournament in Lincoln Douglas Debate, Pearce Barringer received 2nd place and qualified for the national tournament in International Extemporaneous Speaking, Cassidy Duncan received 2nd place and qualified for the national tournament in Humorous Interpretation and 3rd place in Original Oratory, Bradley Wascher received 2nd place and qualified for the national tournament in Domestic Extemporaneous Speaking, Hayden Cavanaugh received 1st place and qualified for the national tournament in International Extemporaneous Speaking, and McLean Stewart received 1st place and qualified for the national tournament in Domestic Extemporaneous Speaking and received 2nd place and qualified for the national tournament in Original Oratory. The highly decorated STJ team received 1st place in the tournament’s Individual Events Sweepstakes. 

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