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Local High School Speech & Debate Students Compete at the Virtual NSDA National Tournament

Cumberland County Schools congratulates the following local high school Speech and Debate students who competed as national qualifiers and local educators who served as judges during the National Speech & Debate Association’s (NSDA) 2021 Virtual National Tournament from June 14-18:
Cumberland International Early College High School
Arianna Herring, Original Oratory - Top 60
Jordan Fenty, Informative Speaking - Top 60
Coach: Shannon Jarman, Main Speech (Tab Event Staff)
Cumberland Polytechnic High School
Ryan Pickney, Original Oratory - Top 30
Hezekiah Bryant, Original Oratory - Top 102; Original Spoken Word Poetry - Fourth Place
Joseph Thompson, World Schools Debate, Tarheel East Blue - Triple-Octafinals (Top 64)
Seth Hammond, Dramatic Interpretation
Shawn Dawson, Original Oratory
Natalie Kim, Humorous Interpretation
Coach: Michelle Boswell, Congressional Debate (Tab Event Staff); First Diamond
Coach: Evelyn Stackley, Judge
Massey Hill Classical High School
Sedrick Brown, World Schools Debate, Tarheel East BlueTeam - Triple-Octafinals (Top 64)
Andrew Forbes, International Extemporaneous speaking.
Coach: Brittanie McNeil, World Schools Debate Coach
Cape Fear High School
Emily Rogers, Dramatic Interpretation
Coach: Chris Lucas, Judge
Jack Britt High School
Tristan Southerland, International Extemporaneous Speaking
Coach: Debora Henderson, Judge
Cumberland County is proud to support a comprehensive Forensic program of Public Speaking and Debate at both the middle and high school levels as part of the extra-curricular program of student activities. All high schools are provided with the offer of funding to support Speech and Debate teams. CCS High School Forensic Teams are part of the Tarheel East District of the National Speech and Debate Association. For many years, CCS has proudly sent students for competition at the NSDA National Tournament.
The National Speech & Debate Association
The NSDA was originally founded as the National Forensic League. In 1925, Bruno E. Jacob of Ripon College in Wisconsin created the league to motivate high school students to participate in speech and debate activities. Today, the organization’s mission is to connect, support, and inspire a diverse community committed to empowering students through speech and debate. Every summer, more than 6,000 middle and high school students travel to the largest academic competition in the world to debate current events, voice their views, and share their stories. After months of preparation, rigorous qualifying tournaments, and five days of prestigious national competition, the best of the best were crowned champions in front of a live audience of thousands and tens of thousands more streaming the events online.
~ NSDA Website