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Forest Hills Student In State Forensic League Grand Championship Tournament

Isabelle McNamara-Angel (l.) is standing with Loyola School classmates Daniella Pierro (r.) and Nicholas Imam (c.) after last week’s competition.  McNamara-Angel and Pierro both reached the quarter finals, while Imam finished second in all of New York State in his category.   
Isabelle McNamara-Angel (l.) is standing with Loyola School classmates Daniella Pierro (r.) and Nicholas Imam (c.) after last week’s competition. McNamara-Angel and Pierro both reached the quarter finals, while Imam finished second in all of New York State in his category. Last week, Loyola School sophomore and Forest Hills resident Isabelle McNamara-Angel reached the quarterfinals of the New York State Forensic League Grand Championship Tournament at Hofstra University.  The New York State Forensic League’s (NYSFL) mission is to “develop articulate adults who revere truth and who effectively express the truth as they participate in the life of the nation.”  The NYSFL “sponsors annually the New York State Grand Championship Tournament, for which students of member schools may qualify individually. Membership is open to all high schools (grades 9-12) in New York State – public, private and religious.”  This year the Grand Championship Tournament took place on the weekend of April 29-30. Here are Isabelle’s thoughts on competing in the competition and finishing as a quarter-finalist:

“For the forensics team the whole year is centered around the goal of qualifying for the State Championships. Every tournament we participate in is a chance to receive a half-qualification for States. This year four of us were lucky enough to make the trip to the championships at Hofstra University.   Saturday, the first day, was filled with five preliminary rounds all lasting a little over an hour for my category, Declamation. Between rounds we were able to explore the campus and enjoy the beautiful day. This was my second year going to States, so it was great seeing all the people I met last year and having a chance to catch up with them. Last year I did not move on past the preliminaries, but this year I made it to quarter-finals with two of my teammates. Quarter-finals began on Sunday morning and did not last as long as the prelims. I was able to watch the final rounds of some of the other categories like Congress and Duo Interpretation, which were amazing, and I also was able to continue my exploration of the campus and meet new ‘speech people.’ The awards ceremony was our last stop, where I received a nice plaque for being a quarter-finalist. Overall, it was a great weekend, and an awesome way to end my sophomore year on the Forensics Team.”
For more information about NYSFL visit www.nysfl.org

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