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Charlotte junior is 5th in national debate event

North Mecklenburg High rising junior Abhishek Kulgod survived 12 rounds to place fifth in extemporaneous debate at the National Forensic League Speech and Debate National Championships in Birmingham, Ala.

The team competed with more than 5,000 U.S. high school students from across the country.

North Meck’s Colleen Watson reached the quarterfinals (top 30) in original oratory. Students from Ardrey Kell, Myers Park and Providence high schools also made the nationals after participating in competitions throughout the school year and qualifying against the best students from other schools at the Carolina West District event.

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