SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- The Union Catholic Forensics team, highlighted by first-place finishes from Yvonne Agyapong, Casey Arias, and Anthony Madsen and Tian Liao, finished a very strong fourth at the first Newark Catholic Forensics League Tournament of the season on Saturday.

Agyapong, a junior, finished first in the Original Oratory. Arias, a sophomore, placed first in Declamation. Madsen and Liao placed first in the JV Public Forum competition. 

In other highlights, Michael Mahaffey placed third in Declamation, Courtney Lucius and Allison Julve were semifinalists in Public Forum, and Alana Beardsley and Jacqueline Carey were quarterfinalists in Public Forum.

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Here is a list of all the Union Catholic students who competed-  


Abhijay Upadhyay and Maya Hicks


Casey Arias and Michael Mahaffey 

Original Oratory

Yvonne Agyapong

Public Forum Debate

Alana Beardsley and Jacqueline Carey (Varsity) 

Taylor Benjamin and Mikaila Farrell (Varsity)

Nadia Blouin and Ana Kwiatkowski (Varsity)

Abigail Hunsinger and Sophia Wright (vVarsity)

Courtney Lucius and Allison Julve (Varsity)

Tian Liao and Anthony Madsen (JV)

Reema Sharma and Juliana Rama (JV)

Cassandra Vega and Angelica Valdez (JV)

Union Catholic WH: Adrian Hou and Caitlin Wong (JV)

Dr. Edward Sagendorf, Union Catholic's Head Forensics Coach, was ecstatic with how his team performed.

"Union Catholic started the forensics season strong,'' said Dr. Sagendorf. "I am incredibly proud of our students and continue to be inspired by their commitment to speech and debate. I applaud our incredible coaching staff for stepping up to the new challenges of practicing virtually with our students."