Monday, June 27, 2016

AVHS Travels to Salt Lake for NSDA 2016

What a week! Apple Valley's national success was continued at the NSDA National Tournament in Salt Lake City! We brought 15 students, and 13 made it to elimination rounds!
Sophie finished as a double octafinalist in LD,
Claire and Lauren finished as octafinalists in Duo,
In Oratory, Yassin, Jane and Marlena all finished as quarterfinalists,
Felipe finished as a quarterfinalist in DI, and Moti and Stephanie's Duo finished in quarterfinals!
Trinity finished in 12th place in the nation in Informative!
Cassie and Trevor's duo finished 5th in nation!
Sarah is the first ever national champion in informative!!
The Apple Valley Speech and Debate Team also won a School of Outstanding Distinction award, given to the top 10 speech & debate teams overall! This means that the team has won the TOP award at all three national speech tournaments for the SECOND year in a row!

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

AVHS Named Team of Excellence at NCFLs

The Apple Valley Speech Team was named as Team of Excellence (Top 5 in the nation) at the NCFL Grand National Tournament over the Memorial Day Weekend in Sacramento, CA. The tournament included over 500 schools and 2,000 students from around the country. AVHS took thirteen entries to the tournament and advanced eleven of those entries to the Top 48! Three of those entries placed in the Top 6 in the country, one of which (the Duo of Moti Begna and Stephanie Kahle) was named the National Champions. Here are some of the other highlights of the weekend.

Julie Manning was an octo finalist.
Cassie Edlund, Trevor Taylor, Ari Rotty, Yassin Abasher, and Jane Michaelson were all quarter finalists.
The Duos of Claire Doty and Lauren Troldahl along with Teja Lawrence and Annabel Higgin-Houser were semi-finalists.
Mailana Carver placed fifth in the nation in Oral Interpretation.
Felipe Escuedro placed fourth in the nation in Dramatic Performance.
And Moti Begna and Stephanie Kahle were crowned national champions in Dramatic Duo!

Other participants included Reese Johnson and Halima Badri.