On April 1st 2017, with a composite team score of 316 points, 29 points higher than the State Runner-Up, the James Madison Memorial Forensics team secured their state title for the 10th year in a row, and 14th time overall. The Memorial state team was comprised of 25 remarkable entries, ranging from educational speeches to humorous and heartbreaking acting. Within the team, 21 of the 25 entries placed into semi-finals, and 17 competed in the final round. Moreover, while the team gained yet another first place State victory, numerous individuals within the team also earned the title of State Champion. For instance, sophomore Devika Kamath dazzled the audience with her remarkable demonstration speaking on Bharatanatyam Indian dance, while junior Addie Zwiefel earned the title as well through her Special Occasion Speech focusing on a burning bra statue. In addition, junior Evanka Annyapu won her audience as she delivered her creative and informative speech on online dating, and lastly junior Anurag Sandireddy earned the State title for extemporaneous speaking. As the Forensics season is coming to an end, we now patiently await for the National Congress & Forensics Conference Tournament in Salt Lake City, Utah, during mid June, in which we will be represented by our national qualifiers Jack Votava, Samik Partha, Tejvir Mann, Anurag Sandireddy, Elise Carl and Evanka Annyapu. It’s been a great season, and we contribute all our success to the tireless efforts of our team members, to our rigorous and hardworking coaches, and to the unwavering determination and assistance of our head forensics coach, Mr. Hardin. We urge everyone to participate in the DDAF program in the upcoming year, and as always, let’s have Memorial eat the competition!
– Evanka Annyapu, Rayan Banerjee, and Leah Vredenbregt