Results from the Middle School Forensics State Finals
Published by Laurie Pender on April 3, 2017

North Carolina Association of Scholastic Activities - North Carolina MapOn Saturday, April 1, the 2017 Middle School Forensics State Final was held at New Century International Middle School of Fayetteville.  Students participated in six separate events: Public Forum, Extemporaneous Speaking, Duo Interpretation, Dramatic Interpretation, Humorous Interpretation, and Original Oratory.  In the Interpretation categories, students performed memorized literary works, and in Original Oratory, students presented their own original persuasive speeches.  Students participating in Extemporaneous Speaking came prepared to speak on four topics—NC Politics, Trump Administration, Russia, and Healthcare—but did not know what questions they would answer before drawing them before the beginning of the round.  They then had 30 minutes to prepare a persuasive speech.  And in Public Forum Debate, teams argued for or against an increase in military spending.

Below are the top students in each category and the top six ranking schools:

Humorous Interpretation
State Champion- Jadyn Owens – Mac Williams Middle School, Fayetteville

Dramatic Interpretation
State Champion- Emily Rogers – Mac Williams Middle School, Fayetteville

Extemporaneous Speaking
State Champion- Aditya Senthil – JN Fries Middle School, Concord

Original Oratory
State Champion- Arriana Herring – 71st Classical Middle School, Fayetteville

Duo Interpretation
State Champions- Emma Aquino and Nisa Sheikh, Mac Williams Middle School, Fayetteville

Public Forum
State Champions- Naina Mittal and Anil Gordan, 71st Classical Middle School, Fayetteville

And the top six schools:

6- New Century International Middle School, Fayetteville
5- Northwest School of the Arts, Charlotte
4- 71st Classical Middle School, Fayetteville

State Third Place- Jay M Robinson Middle School, Charlotte
State Runner-up- JN Fries Magnet School, Concord
State Champion- Mac Williams Middle School, Fayetteville

Middle School Forensics is one of 23 competitions that will determine the best high school and middle school in the state.  The NCASA Scholastic Cup and NCSSM Challenge Cup will be awarded to the high schools and middle schools with the best overall performance among the 23 major scholastic competitions in North Carolina.  Points are awarded for participation and excellence in NCASA and partner competitions.

NCASA Challenge Cup Standings:

1A Small Middle School:
5 – Mount Airy MS – 145 pts
4 – Wayne School of Engineering – 155
3 – 71st Classical MS – 165
2 – Mount Mourne – 170
1 – Metrolina Regional Scholars Academy – 175

2A Large Middle School:
5 – Hope MS – 120
4 – Smith MS – 155
3 – Randolph MS – 173
2 – JM Robinson MS – 290
1 – Ligon Magnet MS – 295

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NCASA Scholastic Cup
NCASA Challenge Cup
William Peace University NC Show Choir Competition

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