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Hills East Speech and Debate Team Goes to States

By Kasim Waqar

On April 29th and 30th, the Half Hollow Hills Speech and Debate Team, advised by Mrs. McCormack and Mrs. Mahoney, competed in the New York State Forensic League Championship Tournament at Hofstra University. The team competed against the best of the best from over 15 schools across the entire New York State. Adam Wilk said, “The competition was really strong at states, but the team really showed up and put in the time and effort to succeed. We had teams finish as high as 2nd place in the state, as well as top 10 and top 20 finishers.” Good job team! The coaches and the whole school are very proud! Special congratulations to the following top performers:

Intermediate Lincoln-Douglas Debate

Kavya Rao- Octa Finalist

Intermediate Public Forum Debate

Matheo Xenakis and Dylan Young- 2nd Place

Ben Goldberg and Ben Targett- 3rd Place

JV Extemporaneous Speaking

Matthew Weltmann- Quarter Finalist

Novice LD

Nick Likos- Quarter Finalist

Arooba Ahmed- Octa Finalist

Novice PF

Raif Ahmed and Nick St. Onge- Octa Finalists

Program of OI

Nia Mays- Semi Finalist

Varsity Extemp

Danielle Luntz- Quarter Finalist

Varsity LD

Matthew Taj- Octa Finalist

Varsity PF

Adam Wilck and Daniel Siegel- Quarter Finalists

Photo by Kasim Waqar