North Mecklenburg High junior Abhi Kulgod and Ardrey Kell sophomore Elizabeth Morris congratulate one another after receiving trophies for their first-place finish at the first official Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools districtwide Camp for Forensics Excellence (CAFFE) debate tournament, at Myers Park High this month. Abhi and Elizabeth competed in Public Forum. The topic: Resolved: Congress Should Renew the Federal Assault Weapons Ban.
The whole thing was a great camp, Abhi said. Debate has so many practical skills that will help you for the future You become more knowledgeable about whats happening around the world.
Said Elizabeth: I want to be a scientist. It will be really important for me to be an effective public speaker, like to deliver research papers at conferences.
High-schoolers recognized in the Best Novice category: Mia Assar, Myers Park, Lincoln-Douglas debate; Kierstan Brown, North Mecklenburg, interpretation; Senita Portlock, Phillip O. Berry Academy of Technology, student congress; Jack Watson, North Mecklenburg, oratory; and Psalms White, Myers Park, public forum debate. Most Improved: Spencer Reese, Myers Park, interpretation.