SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ.-- Several students turned in great performances for the Union Catholic Forensics team at multiple virtual meets this past weekend  

At the Yale University Tournament, Yvonne Agyapong (Original Oratory), Casey Arias (Declamation), Michael Mahaffey (Declamation), Arminder Singh (Student Congress) all competed. Arias broke to semifinals (top 18).
Allison Julve and Courtney Lucius, Megan Mahaffey and Melina Piatti-Chayan, and Anthony Madsen & Rajit Sharma competed at the Bellair Forensic Tournament (Texas). Mahaffey & Piatti-Chayan advanced to the triple octofinals. 

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Tian Liao and Caitlin Wong, and Adrian Hou & Cassandra Vega competed at the Delores Taylor Arthur School Virtual Tournament (Louisiana).

UC Forensics Head Coach Dr. Edward Sagendorf was very pleased with how his team performed.   

"This was a great showing for Union Catholic Forensics,'' said Coach Sagendorf. "I continue to be impressed with the dedication and commitment of our students. These were great meets to help prepare us for our first official league meet on Saturday, October 24."

Arias, a sophomore, was understandably ecstatic with her performance, and is very excited about the season.

"I was incredibly excited to advance to the semifinals in the first competition this season,'' said Arias." I absolutely love what I do, and I knew I wanted to start this season off right. Competing against amazing performers from all over the country was so exhilarating and it was so helpful for future competitions. I have a great feeling about this season!'' 

Arias said competing virtually for the first time was challenging, but she was excited for the new experience.    

"Competing virtually was a completely new experience unlike anything I have ever done before,'' said Arias. "Being able to convey a strong message, show emotions, and engage with the judges and competitors were all made a bit more difficult by having to present through a screen. It definitely required more work and preparation, but it was incredibly worth it. Although it is more difficult, I'm grateful for this exciting new experience!'' 

Arias, who qualified for the Grand Nationals Tournament last year, has some big goals for herself and her team.  
"My goals for this season include placing in the top three for each meet in our league, qualifying for Nationals again, and being able to give it my all every time I compete,'' said Arias. "My goals for the team are to maintain that awesome UC team spirit of ours, send as many people to Nationals as we can, and lastly I hope we all have fun and enjoy our season as much as possible! I'm so lucky to be a part of such an amazing team, and I'm sure we'll all have a great season.''