Forty-eight students participated in the first official Camp for Forensics Excellence known as CAFFE -- a Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools districtwide speech and debate summer camp -- Aug. 6-9 at Myers Park High.
Chris Rocca of North Mecklenburg and Bob Wieckowski of Myers Park were co-directors. CAFFE originated several years ago as a camp for the North Mecklenburg team and was expanded to include a few other schools. As the camp grew in popularity, CMS took over sponsorship of the program.
Students who participated: Ardrey Kell senior Zakarya Masmoudi; junior Andrea Zhang; sophomores Elizabeth Morris and Maggie Rossow; freshman Joshua Zhang. Athena junior Savannah Holmes. Hough junior Sydney Eden; freshman Chris Wallace. Marvin Ridge freshman Alice Lui. Myers Park freshmen Mia Assar and Afomya Bekele; sophomores Olivia Austin and Psalms White; juniors Baily Caudle, Kate Coughter and Spencer Reese. North Mecklenburg freshmen Terrell Bailey, Kierstan Brown, Sharon Chen, Raniah Jeanlys, Allison Law, Kailyn Price, Erik Thorsheim, Jack Watson, and Sierra Weight, sophomores Daniel Gonzalez, Abhi Kulgod and Okan Pektas; juniors Ebony Hargro, Camara Hill, Danielle LaFleur, Brenna Lee Petty, Alex Pope, Antonio Rivera and Emily Yue; and seniors Abigail Auerbach, Taylor Barrett, Irfan Mekic, David Suarez and Colleen Watson. Phillip O. Berry Academy of Technology freshman Courtney Gilbert; sophomore Senita Portlock; and juniors Katherine Juarez and Thea Scott. Queens Grant junior Cameron Marashi. Home school freshman J.R. Walker and juniors John Mark Fleming and Carol Walker.