CHATHAM, NJ - St. Patrick School students won five of the six top individual prizes, including a varsity team “clean sweep” with Cameron Greene winning first place, Mary Kate Vowels taking second place and Chris Lowe earning third place at the 2015 forensic tournament held last week. 

St. Patrick School in Chatham hosted area Catholic schools for the annual fall forensic tournament held Nov. 11.

The St. Pat’s junior varsity team also was victorious with Molly Farrell winning first place and Alex Greene taking the second-place trophy.

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The varsity team also shared in winning the first place team trophy with St. Joseph’s School in Mendham.

Varsity (grades 7 and 8) and Junior Varsity (grades 5 and 6) teams competed for individual and team trophies. The competition was in interpretive reading, where students choose a favorite book or poem and read a 3-7 minute passage.

Volunteers from the Oratory Prep forensics teams judged the competitions. Judges were looking for effectiveness in communicating emotion and meaning through the use of vocal tone, characterization and facial expression.

The St. Patrick School Forensics teams are coached and mentored by Dr. Janet Gibbs, Debra Bruner, Karen Curley Vowells and Barbara Nixon.

Schools attending the tournament in addition to St. Patrick School were St. Joseph School in Mendham, St. Vincent Martyr in Madison, St. Rose of Lima Academy in East Hanover, Assumption School in Morristown, St. Mary Academy in Denville, and Holy Family in Florham Park. The schools meet twice each year to compete in interpretive reading in the fall and to compete in original declamation in the spring.