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Mercy Forensic Team's Day of Personal Bests

by cnewman

The annual Canisius High School Speech and Debate Tournament took place on Saturday, November 12 with Mercy showing a strong presence. Mercy placed second overall, narrowly losing to the larger Webster Schroeder HS team.

Several Mercy students had personal bests for the day. Sophomore Victoria Allen continued her dominance in Dramatic Interpretation—5 tournaments and 5 first place wins. Freshman Julianna Diamond had perfect scored for the day as she won Junior Varsity Oral Interpretation.  In fact, Mercy swept the category with Olivia Crawford and Maura McMahon placing second and third. Julianna now has a half bid to the state championships in Albany. The Dramatic Duo Team of Isabella Spann and Kathleen Weaver placed third with their interpretation of Lysistrata, the classic Greek comedy. Jenna Kersten placed third in Original Oratory.

The team next travels to Rochester for the annual Webster Thomas HS tournament. 


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