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Brentwood Academy forensics students head to nationals

The Brentwood Academy upper school forensics team will compete at nationals in Birmingham. From left are Lexie Harvey, Michael DiLucchio, Michael Rankin, Andrew Wilson, Maddie Jarrard and Valerie Twell.

Brentwood Academy's upper and middle school forensics teams had members qualify to compete in the National Forensics Tournament in Birmingham June 16-21. The event marks the capstone of high school speech and debate activities for nearly 120,000 students around the country. This is the highest number of national qualifiers that Brentwood Academy has sent to national competition.

Brentwood Academy upper school students qualifying to attend include Valerie Tewell, Lexie Harvey, Andrew Wilson, Michael DiLucchio, Michael Rankin, and Maddie Jarrard. BA middle school competitors include Brandon Black, Bryce Jarvis, Chris Clark, Katherine Nesbitt, Lottie Shudde, Allie Sheets, Emmy Hickman, Sarah Bryant, Tre Stewart, Riley Clemmons, and Gavin Schoenwald. US students qualified in  March in the State Tournament. Middle Schools students were selected by the coach based on success throughout the school year.

Qualifiers compete for more than $200,000 in college scholarships in a variety of speech, debate, and performance events. Final rounds are judged by blue ribbon panels including CEOs, former cabinet members, stage and screen celebrities, sponsors, and acclaimed community members.

The Brentwood Academy teams are coached by faculty members Ryan Hubbard, upper school, and Joanna Franzke, middle school.

Posted on: 6/14/2013


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