19 Mar 2018
- By Lori Lyn C. Lirio – [email protected] – Variety News Staff
OF 150 public and private school students who competed locally, 15 were selected to represent the CNMI in the National Speech and Debate Association event on June 17-22 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
Harold Easton, Western Pacific-Asia Region president, said after the qualifying round, 80 to 90 students were left to compete from March 14 to 17.
Some of the students had gone through as many as three to five rounds in the competition, he added.
After announcing the top five in the 14 categories, regional coordinator Andrew Golden revealed the names of the students who made it to the trip list or those who will represent the CNMI in the national competition.
“There are a number of students on this team who have been national champions at the junior level,” Easton said. “We have a pretty solid team.”
He said they will ask the Public School System to help fund the CNMI team’s trip to Florida.
The team members are:
Duo Interpretation – Nehemiah and Jeremiah Fernandez of Saipan Southern High School
Humorous Interpretation – Kelvin Wolf, Marianas High School
Dramatic Interpretation – James Park, Marianas High School
International Extemporaneous – Emma Timmons, Marianas High School
Original Oratory – Kate Ishida, Marianas High School
Lincoln-Douglas Debate – Shea Hartig, Saipan International School
Extemporaneous – Elijah Joshua S. Pajarillaga, Grace Christian Academy
Chamorro – Nina Valdisimo, Kagman High School
Expository – Elizabeth Jones, Kagman High School
Commentary – Lanz Jabez C. Victoria, Grace Christian Academy
Prose – Jeff Melchor, Mount Carmel School
Poetry – Su Min Melody Woo, Grace Christian Academy
Storytelling – Esther Park, Marianas High School
Impromptu – Theresa Zheng, Mount Carmel School
For the International Thespian Society Festival in Lincoln, Nebraska in June 2018, three students from Dandan Middle School — Juliet Inocencio, Lars Wolf and Jonathan Wolf — will represent the CNMI.
Seven DMS students performed well at the Junior International Thespian regional competition held on Feb. 24 at Northern Marianas International School:
Oceana and Issa Teigita
3rd Place – Duet Acting
Nicole and Mica Sune
2nd Place – Duet Musical
Lars Anthony Wolf
1st Place – Duet Acting
2nd Place – Monologue
1st Place – Duet Acting
3rd Place – Monologue
1st Place – Solo Musical
1st Place – Monologue
Source: Marianas Variety : http://www.mvariety.com/cnmi/cnmi-news/local/102996-15-students-to-represent-nmi-in-national-speech-debate-competition