New Mexico Represents in Kansas City

From June 15-20, a record TEN schools from New Mexico attended the National Speech and Debate Tournament in Kansas City! New Mexico was well-represented with many outstanding performances. Congratulations to all the students and coaches who attended!
A special congratulations to Michael Chavez from Albuquerque Academy who was a national finalist in Prose and finalist for National Student of the Year! Also, congratulations to PJ Nyland of East Mountain High School for making the final round of Congressional Debate!

 

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Birmingham Nationals 2013

New Mexico had one of its best showings in many years at this year’s National Tournament in Birmingham, Alabama! Congratulations to all the students, coaches, and teams! You make New Mexico proud!

Student Recognition
New Mexico was well represented in Birmingham this year, seeing one of our district’s top performances at Nationals in many years. From East Mountain, James Clarke took 6th place overall in Congressional Debate and Nick Kennedy was a quarter-finalist in International Extemp. From Albuquerque Academy, Alex Prossnitz and Jason Liou qualified to the top 30 in Public Forum Debate. From Los Alamos, Caitlin Haynes qualified to three elimination rounds in Lincoln Douglas Debate, placing her in the top 50. From Desert Academy, Isaac Green and Ariadne Ellsworth also qualified to three elimination rounds in Public Forum Debate.

Many students from New Mexico also had impressive finishes in supplemental events.

Coach Recognition
At the Diamond Coach Ceremony, three of our coaches received their first diamonds. Susan Ontiveros from Albuquerque Academy, Janet Newton from Los Alamos, and Carolyn Connor from Jemez Mountain Home School were all recognized with a diamond award this year.

School Recognition
The Principal of East Mountain High School, Douglas Wine, was recognized as the Principal of the Year. East Mountain was also named a Debate School of Honor.

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Congratulations to all State competitors!

New Mexico Speech and Debate Crowns State Champions

The New Mexico Activities Association and the New Mexico Speech and Debate Association are pleased to announce the state champions from this year’s State Tournament held at the Santa Fe Courtyard Marriott from February 28-March 2, 2013. The tournament saw participation from over 350 students from 25 different schools. New Mexico has one of the most competitive speech and debate programs in the nation and participation is growing every year.

FULL RESULTS

Overall School State Champion: East Mountain High School
2nd Place: Albuquerque Academy
3rd Place: La Cueva High School

Limited Entry Sweepstakes
1st Place: Desert Academy
2nd Place: Rio Grande High School
3rd Place: Jemez Mountain

Speech Sweepstakes
1st Place: East Mountain High School
2nd Place: Albuquerque Academy
3rd Place: La Cueva High School

Debate Sweepstakes
1st Place: La Cueva High School
2nd Place: Albuquerque Academy
3rd Place: East Mountain High School

James Akin Outstanding Student of the Year: James Clarke from East Mountain High School

Debate Coach of the Year: Margo Batha from Los Alamos High School

Speech Coach of the Year: Louanne Schulte from Zuni High School

Varsity Policy Debate
State Champion: Naftali Burakovsy and Sam Baty from Los Alamos High School
2nd Place: Victor Wu and Grace Su from Albuquerque Academy
3rd Place: Ria Mazumdar and Raya Koreh from Albuquerque Academy
3rd Place: Shay Moon and Aquene Reid from Taos High School

Novice Policy Debate
State Champion: Jennifer Hsu and David Bejarano from Taos High School
2nd Place: Matt Bedeaux and Max Kolomaznik from East Mountain High School
3rd Place: Deanna Garcia and Emily Hong from La Cueva High School
3rd Place: Ben Lopez and Marisa Michealson from East Mountain High School

Varsity Lincoln Douglas Debate
State Champion: Eric Eridon from East Mountain High School
2nd Place: Ari Echt-Wilson from La Cueva High School
3rd Place: Savannah Bustillo from Albuquerque Academy
3rd Place: Greg Ottino from St. Pius X High School

Novice Lincoln Douglas Debate
State Champion: Jarrod Jeffcoat from La Cueva High School
2nd Place: Emilie Reese from East Mountain High School
3rd Place: Katherine Wang from Los Alamos High School
3rd Place: Tessa Chrissman from V. Sue Cleveland High School

Public Forum Debate
State Champion: Jason Liou and Alex Prossnitz from Albuquerque Academy
2nd Place: Gabrielle Corona and Nicholas Elden from La Cueva High School
3rd Place: Samsara Durvasula from Albuquerque Academy
3rd Place: Shelley Dai and Anand Macherla from La Cueva High School

Congressional Debate
State Champion: James Clarke from East Mountain High School
2nd Place: Ariadne Ellsworth from Desert Academy
3rd Place: Caitlin Haynes from Los Alamos High School

Dramatic Interpretation
State Champion: Julia Lu from Albuquerque Academy
2nd Place: Katelin Martinez from Rio Grande High School
3rd Place: Geordan Majewsji from Albuquerque Academy

Humorous Interpretation
State Champion: Jessi Green from East Mountain High School
2nd Place: Jonah Scott-Fernandez from Rio Grande High School
3rd Place: Julia Lu from Albuquerque Academy

Oral Interpretation
State Champion: Ceryn Schoel from Desert Academy
2nd Place: Jonathan Haase from La Cueva High School
3rd Place: Sonya Swarts from Cibola High School

Duo Interpretation
State Champion: Marc Lucero and Tena Bentley from East Mountain High School
2nd Place: Gabrielle Corona and Rachel Fang from La Cueva High School
3rd Place: Sofia Figueroa and Vanessa Mancilla from Albuquerque Academy

International Extemporaneous Speaking
State Champion: Griffin Merians from Santa Fe Prep
2nd Place: Nick Kennedy from East Mountain High School
3rd Place: Matthew Davenport from Jemez Mountain

Domestic Extemporaneous Speaking
State Champion: James Clarke from East Mountain High School
2nd Place: PJ Nyland from East Mountain High School
3rd Place: Ria Mazumdar from Albuquerque Academy

Original Oratory
State Champion: Andre Green from Jemez Mountain
2nd Place: Taylor Bacon from Desert Academy
3rd Place: Jessica Depies from La Cueva High School

Expository Speaking
State Champion: PJ Nyland from East Mountain High School
2nd Place: Maria Kelley from La Cueva High School
3rd Place: Dhanizar Zefananda from Rio Grande High School

Impromptu Speaking
State Champion: Sean Glover from East Mountain High School
2nd Place: Kayla Matteucci from St. Pius High School
3rd Place: Forest Anderson from East Mountain High School

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Thank You for Judging!

Thank you for agreeing to judge at the 2013 New Mexico State Championship Tournament! The tournament is being held Feb.28-Mar.2 at the Santa Fe Courtyard Marriott. For more information on your role as the judge, click here: http://www.nmdebate.org/?page_id=531

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Nov-Dec Tournaments Updated

Congratulations to Los Alamos High School for hosting their 50th Annual Tournament!

Check the Upcoming Tournaments link to find the invitations and schedules for the upcoming Zuni Tournament and Rio Grande Tournament.

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Tournament season has begun!

Have you checked out the Tournaments link yet?
There, you will find the invitation and legislation for the upcoming Rio Grande Congress Tournament!
Also, you will find the link for the East Mountain Top of the World Tournament.
Don’t miss out on these great competitions!

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Fall Coach Meeting-August 25th

All New Mexico Speech and Debate coaches, both new and returning, should attend the Coach Meeting on August 25th at La Cueva High School. The meeting will begin at 8:30am. The hope is to finish all important business by lunch time.  New coaches are invited to have lunch with members of the Executive Committee.

 

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Quinlan Cao’s Message to New Mexico Coaches

Read the Albuquerque Journal’s story on Quinlan here.

Dear NM coaches,

The National Student of the Year trophy is an elegant glass figure, imprinted with my name and the words “New Mexico District.”  It serves as a fitting reminder that the award is not about me.  Rather, the award embodies the abilities, attitudes, and qualities which define New Mexico forensics.  The National Student of the Year is supposed to exhibit integrity, humility, respect, leadership, and service, but I believe these tenants of the NFL Code of Honor are inherent in New Mexico as a whole.  New Mexico is worthy of a “District of the Year” award – I am merely representative of the students and coaches who make this district so remarkable.

This activity would not be possible without the efforts of you, the coaches.  I have personally benefited from your critiques and advice on ballots, or simply in passing.  You run tournaments, recruit judges, and tolerate our antics at hotels.  Most importantly, you foster our growth as debaters, speakers, actors, teammates, and competitors, always inspiring us to avoid complacency and exceed expectations.  Students everywhere describe their coaches in this manner, but your distinguishing quality is that you truly care about all students, regardless of the school they attend.  Coaches in New Mexico promote friendly competition, rather than, “My kids are going to slaughter your kids.”  Eventually, I want to start a high school speech and debate program, and I can only hope to be half as inspiring as the coaches in this district.  In the busy environment of speech and debate, students (myself included) often forget to thank their coaches, so more than anything, this letter is a way of saying thank you for all that you do.

At the beginning of my freshman year, I believed going to a school of 350 students would limit the amount of people I met in high school – but speech and debate quickly changed that perception.  From my very first tournament, the people I competed against were the same people I befriended.  Maybe it’s because we’re a close-knit district, or maybe it’s because New Mexico is home to genuinely friendly people.  Either way, speech and debate gave me something that can’t be measured in trophies or NFL points, something greater than improved public speaking skills.  Speech and debate gave me lifelong friends.  I know I speak for others when I say the students you coach make this activity a worthwhile and memorable experience.

While there is occasional talk of clash and tension among schools, we are not bitter enemies.  We all want to see this activity grow.  We all want another national champion from New Mexico.  These common goals and mutual respect for one another make this district special.  On the last day of the national tournament, it was difficult to accept my days as a competitor were over.  Yet, for the New Mexico District, the journey never ends.  Debate topics and interp pieces change.  Faces change as students come and go.  But even as we evolve, forensics in New Mexico will remain in good hands.  As long as this district espouses the tenants of the NFL Code of Honor, New Mexico students will prove the extent to which speech and debate changes lives.  It certainly changed mine.

Best wishes for a fantastic 2012-2013 season!

Quinlan Cao

East Mountain HS ‘12

 

 

 

 

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New Mexico well represented at the 2012 National Tournament!

A major congratulations goes out to New Mexico’s own, Quinlan Cao! Quinlan was named the National Forensic League National Student of the Year. This is the highest honor a student can achieve in Speech and Debate. He was recognized on the awards stage at the 2012 National Tournament in Indianapolis, IN and presented with a $1,000 scholarship. Quinlan becomes the national spokesman for Speech and Debate this upcoming year.

Quinlan also came in 5th place in the nation for Extemp Commentary. James Clarke qualified to the final round of Congressional Debate, and finished 8th place in the nation. As a junior, James has received an auto-qualification to next year’s National Tournament. Both James and Quinlan compete for East Mountain High School.

Elijah Candelario and James Clarke at the Congressional Debate Finalist Banquet

Elijah Candelario of St. Pius High School also reached the final round of Congressional Debate at Nationals. And Conor Sullivan of Santa Fe Prep qualified to Semi-Finals in Congressional Debate.

This is the first time in several years that New Mexico competitors have qualified National Finalists. Congratulations to all who participated!

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Congratulations to our award winners!

Read the full results of the State Championship here: 2012StateResults

Congratulations to Cat Bennett of Taos High School for being named the 2012 Debate Coach of the Year!
Congratulations to Michele Lockhart-Henry of Rio Grande High school for being named the 2012 Speech Coach of the Year.
Congratulations to Jace Reynolds of East Mountain High School for being named the 2012 James Akin Outstanding Student of the Year.

 

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