The Summit High School Forensics team won an Award of Excellence in Speech at the National Forensic League National Speech and Debate Tournament held in Birmingham, Alabama, June 17 to 21. The Award is given to the 20 schools that score the highest points at the tournament.
Allison Scott and Gregory Archer reached the final round in Duo Interpretation, winning sixth place out of 247 teams entered in the tournament. Junior Drew Schwendiman (second from left) reached the quarterfinal round of Original Oratory, placing in the top 30 out of 255 contestants. Coach Anne Poyner was selected to judge the final round of Dramatic Interpretation.
More than 55,000 students in the country compete in one or more of the nine forensic events throughout the year. After qualifying at their state's district tournament, 3,000 students from 1,000 high schools compete at the weeklong NFL National tournament. Each of the nine speech, interpretation, and debate events begin the week's competition with approximately 250 entries. The field in each event is reduced to six finalists after twelve rounds of competition. Final rounds were held in the Concert Hall at the Birmingham Convention Center Thursday and Friday. In addition to the 3,000 audience members in the concert hall, the livestream videos of each final round were viewed by 14,000 on home computers around the country.