SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- The Union Catholic High School Forensics team hosted their 24th Annual Grammar School Forensics Tournament virtually via Zoom on May 18.

''We are incredibly grateful to the students and coaches who participated in this year's tournament,’’ stated Edward Sagendorf, Head Coach of the Union Catholic Forensics team.  “We had an incredible response. We are so happy to have had the support to continue to offer this tournament.  The transition from a physical to virtual tournament proved to be seamless. We look forward to the 25th Annual Union Catholic Forensics Tournament next year.’’

Fifteen area grammar schools participated in the competition as students competed in one of four speech categories: Reading, in which students read selections of prose and poetry; Declamation, in which students deliver a noted speech that has been previously delivered, and Drama or Humor, in which students perform a selection from a play, movie or television program.

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The results of the tournament are as followed:

  • First Place in Reading: Sylvie Friedman, Heritage Middle School, Livingston
  • First Place in Declamation: Dasara Kurti, Heritage Middle School, Livingston
  • First Place in Drama: Sophia Thomas, St. Francis Academy, Union City
  • First Place in Humor: Bridget Castano, Trinity Academy, Caldwell

Union Catholic (1600 Martine Ave., Scotch Plains) prepares a diverse student body to fulfill their college and career goals by cultivating the students' achievement of academic standards of excellence within a value-centered environment, strong in its commitment to our core values (respect, responsibility, honesty, compassion, and community), and to the establishment of a community of faith and love in the Catholic tradition. For more information, call (908) 889-1600 or visit