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Charlotte schools excel at national debate tournament

Ardrey Kell High placed third overall and Myers Park fifth at the Wake Forest National Early Bird Debate & Speech Tournament in Winston-Salem, and five of North Mecklenburg High's seven teams made it to elimination rounds.

The event included more than 100 schools and some of the best teams from the southeastern United States.

Ardrey Kell's Austin Taggart and Advaith Venkatakrishnan placed 16th out of 101 teams. John Carroll and Hunter Hammond were first in public forum debate, and Jacob McHugh took second place in student congress. Four other Ardrey Kell students were semifinalists in other events: Vanessa Ye, dramatic interpretation; Andrea Zhang, extemporaneous speaking, impromptu speaking and original oratory; Ernesto Alvarez and Shirley Zeng, original oratory.

Myers Park's Michael Nenon, Henry McDonald, Mia Aassar and Hasmik Telfeyan were in the top 32 in the public forum debate. Hannah Wang placed in the top 16 for the Varsity Lincoln-Douglas Debate; Matt Couch was a semifinalist in original oratory; and Siddharth Bhaskara was a finalist and Ketan Chokshi took sixth in congressional debate. Shom Tiwari and Meredith Freeland were semifinalists in public forum debate.

North Meck’s Ebony Hargro, Danielle Lefleur, Nick Macri and Eric Thorsheim were part of the group that made it to five elimination rounds. Senior Alex Pope advanced to the semifinals in public speaking; Ebony and Danielle advanced to the quarterfinals.

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