2005-07-22 / Community

Kearney Speech Champions

The Bishop Kearney High School forensics team represented their school at the New York State Forensic League Championships in April. After a tough year, along with the aid of their coach Diane Brereton, they placed ninth in the state and celebrated the school’s first state championship in Kearney speech history.

According to a press release, sophomore Shantel Nelson, earned this title in the category of declamation, delivering the speech entitled “Hope” by Barak Obama, given before the Delegates to the Democratic National Convention last July in Boston.

Senior Jessica O’Grady took fifth in Original Oratory, delivering her original piece “Watch your Speech”. Elizabeth Fitzpatrick received Honorable Mention in Junior Varsity Oral Interpretation.

Other state qualifiers included freshmen Laurie Aclub, Christina Kennedy and Khristy Khoury; sophomores, Christine Cea (Belle Harbor) and Elisa Viesta; junior, Michele Trizzino and senior Marissa Runco.

On Memorial Day Weekend, the team traveled to the National Forensic Competition held in Milwaukee. Qualifiers included Christy Episcopio, Margeaux Lippman, Shantel Nelson, Jessica O’Grady and Marissa and Laura Runco. Shantel Nelson once again amazed the judges with her delivery of Barack Obama’s address “Hope” and took third place in the nation in declamation, which was another Kearney first.

Team members are very satisfied after their win. Standing, left to right, Christy Episcopio, Michele Trizzino, Justine Davies, TinaMarie Triizzino, Elissa Connors, Elizabeth Fitzpatrick, Laurie Aclub, Marissa Runco, Dana Burton, Laura Runco, Shantel Nelson and Margeaux Lippman. In the front is Christina Kennedy, Khristy Khoury and Jessica O’Grady.

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