SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ --  The Union Catholic High School Forensics team hosted their 22nd Annual Grammar School Forensics Tournament on Monday, May 21.

The tournament attracted over 175 students from 13 area grammar schools. 

Students competed in one of six 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, Drama, Humor or Duo, in which students perform a selection from a play, movie or television program, and Improvisational Pairs

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The results of the tournament:

  • First Place in Declamation: Bryce Rhodeman, Lacordaire Academy, Montclair 
  • First Place in Drama: Kevin Whitworth, Lacordaire Academy, Montclair
  • First Place in Duo: Gianna Vaynberg and Paige Devanney, St. Theresa's, Kenilworth
  • First Place in Humor: Elena Hernandez, St. Francis Academy Union City
  • First Place in Improvisational Pairs: JJ Fuhrmann and Daniela Lorino, School of Saint Elizabeth
  • First Place in Reading: Kate Porcello, Grover Cleveland Middle School, Caldwell 

Team Sweepstakes:
First Place: St. Francis Academy, Union City
Second Place: Lacordaire Academy, Montclair
Third Place: St. Bartholomew Academy, Scotch Plains
Fourth Place: Grover Cleveland Middle School, Caldwell
Fifth Place: School of Saint Elizabeth  (Bernardsville)
Sixth Place: American Christian (Succasunna) 

"This is definitely one of my favorite events at UC, and not just a member of the Forensics team, but as a member of this school,'' stated Edward Sagendorf, the head coach of the Union Catholic Forensics team. "This is a great opportunity for students to showcase their abilities in these crucial life skills of communication and public speaking. Their excitement and enthusiasm inspires us as coaches and our students. This was also a great opportunity for our students at UC to mentor and speak with the rising students. This was a great tournament that ran very smoothly. This was our 22nd year, and each year it keeps getting better and better.''