2009 National's Results - Birmingham, Alabama

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From June 14th-19th, in Birmingham, Alabama, an event of gargantuan proportions took place. Actually, THE event of the forensics community occurred. If you were thinking of Nationals, then you would be right. Every year, speechies from around the country gather together for an opportunity to challenge rivals and bond over a competition that is a way of life. After rigorous State competitions and qualifying tournaments, those chosen to represent their school and State went on a quest in Alabama to prove their worth not only to themselves but to their team. And of course to have fun! Thrill is of course the underlining reason to do anything; speech just delivers the excitement at a tremendous volume. So battles raged, speechies fell, and friends were made in the process. The examination of the craft of speech delivery and performance was examined and all parties involved learned how to better their art form. And in the end, kings and queens were crowned to rule the speech universe with their first place medals. Listed below are the results of the 2009 NFL National Speech and Debate Tournament: Stars Fell on Alabama. I have provided the results of the top ten teams (teams whose individuals’ scores accumulated high enough for a team win) for speech AND the top six finishes for several events. Congratulations to all who competed and whoever supported their teams!

Top Ten Teams in Speech

1. 1378 Chesterton H.S., IN
2. 1376 Neosho H.S., MO
3. 1360 Munster H.S., IN AND 1360 Lincoln East H.S., NE
5. 1292 Parkview H.S., MO
6. 1291 Appleton East H.S., MN
7. 1288 Albuquerque Academy, AZ
8. 1270 Plano Sr. H.S., TX
9. 1268 Holy Ghost Prep, PA
10. 1195 Regis H.S., NY

Humorous Interpretation

6. Whitney Hartzell (O'Gorman HS, SD)
5. Joe Brenckle (Louisville Senior HS, OH)
4. Andrew Langdon (Plymouth HS, IN)
3. Michael Dayne Lathrop (Corpus Christi Carroll HS, TX)
2. Ryan Vasquez (Bellarmine College Prep, CA)
1. Lindsey White (Eastview HS, MN)

Dramatic Interpretation

6. Jenny Gladstone (Desert Vista HS, AZ)
5. Taylor Misiak (Eastview HS, MN)
4. Michael Dahlgren (Holy Ghost Prep, PA)
3. Elias Abdalla (Gregory Portland HS, TX)
2. Jacob Abell (Ouray HS, CO)
1. Jane Bruce (Ogden HS, UT)


6. Luke Fernandez & John Reynolds (Harlingen HS South, TX)
5. Aaron Straka & Lauren Stopfer (Eagan HS, MN)
4. Joshua Evans & Robert Knapp (Eagan HS, MN)
3. Brian Johnson & Hanna Durfee (Denfeld HS, MN)
2. Greta Besser & Adam Bouchareb (Lakeville North HS, MN)
1. Ismael Williams & Drake Pough (James Logan HS, CA)

Original Oratory

6. Rory Squire  (Madison County HS, VA)

5. Joe Thomas (Eagan HS, MN)
4. Alexandra Elam (Plano Sr HS, TX)
3. Alphonce Mshomba (Holy Ghost Prep, PA)
2. Morgan Booksh (McNeil HS, TX)
1. John Hofmeister (Apple Valley HS, MN)

Extemporaneous Speaking—United States

6. John Mern (Taravella HS, FL)
5. Tyler D. Fabbri (Chesterton HS, IN)
4. Alex Draime (Howland HS, OH)
3. Nicholas Cugini (Cypress Ridge HS, TX)
2. Taman Narayan (Leland HS, CA)
1. Evan Larson (Bellarmine College Prep, CA)

Extemporaneous Speaking—International

6. Ryan Pollock (Mt. Lebanon Sr HS, PA)
5. Sesenu Woldemariam (Lamar HS, TX)
4. Luke R. Brinker (Topeka HS, KS)
3. Jacob Baker (Bellarmine College Prep, CA)
2. Will Rafey (Bellarmine College Prep, CA)
1. Stacey Chen (North Allegheny Sr HS, PA)

Debate Top Speaker

Vijay Sridharan (Bellarmine College Prep, CA)

Policy Debate

Tie for 6. Patrick Githens & Kendall Kaut (Olathe North HS, KS), Colin Quinn & Will Thibeau (Glenbrook South HS, IL)
5. Andrew Murray & Alexander Nasr (Colleyville Heritage HS, TX)
4. Sejal Parekh & Chander Ramesh (Saint Francis HS, CA)
3. Mario Feola & Andrew Arsht (Rowland Hall-St Mark, UT)
2. Patrick Berger & Justin Chan (James Logan HS, CA)
1. Sean Hernandez & Reid Ehrlich-Quinn (Damien HS, CA)

Public Forum Debate

6. Katherine E. Thornton & Marshall Cottrell (Brentwood HS, TN)
5. Itai Farhi & Tom Niblock (Walt Whitman HS, MD)
4. Brian Zakarin & Mickael Silangil (Taravella HS, FL)
3. Brian McGarry & Ben Shantz (Central HS-Springfield, MO)
2. Shruti Jaishankar & Aditya Gulanikar (St Andrew's Episcopal School, MS)
1. Josh Zoffer & Robert Kindman (Durham Academy, NC)

Lincoln-Douglas Debate

6. Danielle Smogard (Greenhill School, TX)
5. Adam Gerchick (The Potomac School, VA)
4. Stephen Lurie (Cherry Creek HS, OH)
3. Aparna Ramanan (Leland HS, CA)
2. Jake Nebel (Trinity Preparatory School, FL)
1. Shivani Vohra (Hockaday School, TX)

Expository Speaking

6. Diana Cater (Silverton HS, OR)
5. Madeleine Heil (Presentation HS, CA)
4. Samuel Leake (Sterling HS, KS)
3. Maurice Cunningham (Fullerton Joint Union HS, CA)
2. Szuyin Leow (Apple Valley HS, MN)
1. Evan M. Hernandez (Wichita East HS, KS)

Extemp Commentary

6. William Drevo (Crete HS, NE)
5. Teagan Alexander Lende (Fargo Shanley HS, ND)
4. Kevin Coltin (Brophy College Prep, AZ)
3. Andrew Connery (Norman HS, OK)
2. Mason Scott Lende (Fargo Shanley HS, ND)
1. Anuv Ratan (Claremont HS, CA)

Poetry Reading

6. Jennifer L. McCarthy (Downers Grove South H.S., IL)
5. Kathryn Cotton (Desert Vista H.S., AZ)
4. Jonathon Spence (Wauwatosa West H.S., WI)
3. Darius Wilson (Blue Springs H.S., MO)
2. Andrew Philip Asper (Ronald Reagan H.S., TX)
1. Andy LaRocca (Riverdale H.S., LA)

Prose Reading

6. Alex Maranto  (Stony Point H.S., TX)
5. Jenna Huebner (Appleton East H.S., WI)
4. Alexandra Kattan (Munster H.S., IN)
3. Robert Jackson (Hastings H.S., TX)
2. Andrew J. Knight (Spring H.S., TX)
1. Vanessa Garcia (Fullerton Joint Union H.S., CA)


6. Kara Tapangan (Harlingen H.S. South, TX)
5. Daniel Raborn (Comeaux H.S., LA)
4. Katie Hoag (Flathead H.S., MT)
3. Rebecca Moberly (Plymouth H.S., IN)
2. Chelsey Rice-Davis (Downers Grove South H.S., CA)
1. Jessica Petrie (Belleville West H.S., IL)


6. Hannah Claire Andrews (Ravenwood HS, TN)
5. Karina Devine (Eastview HS, MN)
4. Megan Fountain (Montgomery HS, TX)
3. Emma Cadd (Liberty Sr. HS, MO)
2. Tyler Dailey (Blue Springs HS, MO)
1. Francis Ian Blaise Austin (New Trier Township HS, IL)


I wonder to what extent the Top Ten Teams in Speech stay consistent over the years. Were there any big surprises this year or were the top ten teams also in the top rankings the last few years? Would be interesting to know.

Congratulations to these teams and competitors!

My district is bringing it strong...two finalists in International Extemp.

If you follow the link below you will find an article discussing your very question!



Though the Bellarmine kids are cool....a correction must be made. IX- you have them in a WAY wrong order.

I'm not going to check to see all the rankings but I know for sure that:

Stacey Chen got 1st, not 6th.
JB (Baker) got 3rd, not 2nd.
The other Bellarmine guy got 2nd, not 1st.
Sesenu got 5th, not 3rd.

Though...I do contend, the Bellarmine kids should have gotten 1st and 2nd in my opinion. Stacey Chen (being extremely short) asked in extemp draw who was CXing her. Jacob Baker (being a giant of a man) pointed out that he was and she said "Oh...good. It'll look like you're oppressing me." Baker totally dommed the speech and should have been first.

As Jacob Baker was hanging out in my hotel room later, playing Call of Duty: Modern Warfare (That's right....we brought Xbox to Nationals), we thought about playing ding-dong ditch on Stacey Chen, the National Champion, just for fun (she was a few rooms down from me) but we decided it was a bad idea. Hahahahaha. Good times.

It says:

Top 6 for LD though only has 5 (I think the 6th is like Michelle Keohane).....

Top 5 for PuF but has all Top 6.

"Policy Forum" instead of "Public Forum"

I noticed all of the speech events are ordered/numbered in a descending manner. Is the ranking based on who is listed first? Or their corresponding number?

If the latter, then I believe impromptu ranks are not entirely correct as Jessica Petrie placed first.

Hey look! It's fixed!

And from comparing this list to the official listing from the NFL, the number next to the competitor states their rank. So if it reads:

2. Jane Doe
1. John Doe

then Jane placed 2nd and John placed 1st.

Thank you for going through so much trouble to post those results :)

You're very welcome. But really, thank you and everyone else who noticed there were issues and posted.

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