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English Majors Judge High School Competition

Tuesday, February 14, 2012
Yorktown High School in Arlington recently hosted the annual Virginia High School League AAA National District Forensics Championship Competition. Last year, Yorktown took home third place, and the Yorktown Debate and Speech team was eager to do even better this year.

Nine Marymount English majors volunteered to be guest judges at the tournament and were dispersed to judge among the eight categories of the evening: Extemporaneous Speaking, Storytelling, Prose, Humorous Dramatic Interpretation, Impromptu Speaking, Poetry Interpretation and Prose Interpretation. Their knowledge of the conventions of language and narration helped to move students forward to qualify in the regional competition.

The Marymount judges were tasked with providing subjective, yet constructive feedback to the high school contestants. They filled out ballots with positive comments and gave advice on what strategies or techniques they could use to better their overall performance. Under the guidance of Mike Krulfeld, coordinator of the tournament, the event flowed smoothly and was a great success. The Yorktown Debate and Speech team won second place!

To find out about which Yorktown students won in each category, please click here. And for more about what’s happening in Marymount’s Literature and Language Department, read A Literary Newsletter.
PHOTO 1 - Carolyn Seeger ’15 helps judge the Yorktown High SchoolForensics Competition.
PHOTO 2 - Adrianne Morris ’12 (left) and Kerry O’Donnell ’14 deliberate over the entries.