Jesters Start 2021 Off with a Bang!

  The Jesters started off 2021 competing at two tournaments, the Alpharetta HS Treasure Hunt in Georgia and the Cavalier Classic Invitational in North Carolina. An incredible 21 students advanced to elimination rounds! Here is how we fared:

Alpharetta Treasure Hunt

Varsity Public Forum: Griffin Richie & Dana Richie, CO-CHAMPIONS; Elena Hubert & Everett Stubin, CO-CHAMPIONS; Griffin Richie, 4th Place Speaker; Cole Parker, 5th Place Speaker; Everett Stubin, 7th Place Speaker; Duncan Tanner, 8th Place Speaker; Elena Hubert, 9th Place Speaker Lincoln-Douglas Debate: Kelly Tran, Octofinals Novice Policy Debate: Shalin Bhatia & Millan Gupta, CHAMPIONS; Shalin Bhutia, 2nd Place Speaker; Millian Gupta, 3rd Place Speaker Novice Public Forum Debate: Jamie Marlowe and Zach Spangler, Finalists; Jamie Marlowe, TOP SPEAKER; Zach Spangler, 3rd Place Speaker; Delia Schroeder, 7th Place Speaker; Augustus Werthman, 9th Place Speaker Informative Speaking: Nora Ball, 3rd Place Original Oratory: Salaam Awad, tied for 2nd Place Extemporaneous Speaking: Oliver Gray, CHAMPION; Ava Smith, 3rd Place; Mark McClain, 5th Place  

Cavalier Classic Invitational

Extemporaneous Speaking: Maeve Malaney-Lau, Quarterfinalist; George Lefkowicz, Semifinalst Impromptu Speaking: Lucia Fernandez, Quarterfinalist  

2021 Sheard Excellence in Coaching

Our very own Mario Herrera was recognized with the 2021 Sheard Exellence in Coaching Award. We all know how special he is and how lucky we are to have him here at Grady! Here’s what they had to say about Mario:
Mario Herrera is the longtime coach at Henry W Grady HS (soon to be Midtown HS). He is a titan of our activity, but it isn’t the dominance of Grady Forensics that makes him worth of recognition. Mario approaches each moment in this activity as someone who is committed to doing the right thing and knowing that every person can grow from this activity. But Mario doesn’t just try to help students grow. He is a mentor to every coach around him. He works to find the best in each individual and inspire them to grow more. Mario is humble, grounded, and inspiring. This community is a better place because of Mario.
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