Varsity State Champions for the 12th Year in a Row!

Congratulations to the Grady Jesters

Varsity State Champions for the 12th Year in a Row!

What a weekend and what a way to close out the final season as the GRADY Jesters!

First, let me say congratulations to Dr. Betsy Bockman, named Administrator of the Year by the Georgia Forensics Coaches Association! A well-deserved honor indeed. Thank you for your continued support!

This past weekend, the Jesters won their 12th GFCA Varsity State Championship in a row! Every single competition attended this year was virtual, as was the State Tournament. The fortitude, dedication and talent of this team is without measure. Their hard work paid off!

Here is how we fared in individual events:

Public Forum Debate: Elena Hubert and Everett Stubin, Runners-up; Griffin Richie, 9th Speaker

Lincoln-Douglas Debate: Peter Haynes, Quarterfinalist; Lauren Scaffidi, Semifinalist; Aran Sonnad-Joshi, 5th Speaker; Kelly Tran, 3rd Speaker

Informative Speaking: Matthew Vincent, 4th Place; Eleanor Ball, 3rd Place

Impromptu Speaking: George Lefkowicz, 2nd Place; Lucia Fernandez, CHAMPION

Original Oratory: Salaam Awad, 3rd Place; Lucia Fernandez, CHAMPION

Extemporaneous Speaking: Bryant Hodgson, Semifinalist; Ava Smith, 5th Place; Maeve Malaney-Lau, 3rd Place; Oliver Gray, 2nd Place; George Lefkowicz, CHAMPION

Varsity Student Congress: 4th Place, Nicolas Kamel; Ava Smith, 2nd Place; George Lefkowicz, CHAMPION

A HUGE thank you to our Parent Boosters who provided yard signs and lunch for all competitors as well as help to create an atmosphere of support. We really couldn’t do it without you!

And thanks to the staff at Grady High School for your support as well. It means a lot.

Look for highlights on each event and category on Twitter, FaceBook, and over the coming weeks.

Mario Herrera