STJ Named Overall Champions in UA Forensics Tourney
Saint James School’s Speech and Debate Team won the Overall Sweepstakes Award as well as Individual Events at the University of Alabama Hall of Fame High School Speech and Debate Tournament held on Jan. 17-18 in Tuscaloosa. The STJ team came in first out of 17 schools from five states, including local participants such as the Montgomery Academy, Trinity Presbyterian School, and other competing area schools.
Individual award winners include:
--After Dinner Speaking: Pearce Baringer, First Place.
--Dramatic interpretation: Meagan Ashner, First Place; Maya Smith, Second Place; and Erica Aho, Sixth Place.
--Extemporaneous Speaking: McLean Stewart, First Place; Pearce Baringer, Fifth Place; and Arthur Frawley, Sixth Place.
--Novice Lincoln Douglas Debate: Carter Payne, First Place; Carly Mattox, Third Place.
--Humorous Interpretation: Maya Smith, Second Place; Carolyn Byrd, Sixth Place.
--Duo Interpretation: McLean Stewart and Carolyn Byrd, Third Place.
--Impromptu Speaking: Jeronne Carter and Hayden Cavanaugh, Semi-Finalists, and McLean Stewart, Fifth Place.
--Prose: Meagan Ashner, Semi-Finalist; and Maya Smith, Fifth Place.
--Poetry: Maya Smith, Fourth Place.
--Varsity Lincoln Douglas Debate: 1 Place competitor and Philip Davis, Fourth Place Speaker.
In addition to the above wins, senior Maya Smith was offered a scholarship to compete in the University of Alabama’s Speech and Debate program.