Speech Qualifies for the Tournament of Champions

October 22, 2018


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The Fluco Speech team with Mr. Barlow after winning States 2018. Front row (L-R) Mia Gonzalez, Caroline Fields, Delaney Hammond, Jordyn Palmer, Hailey Donald, Sydney Forren, Hollyn Pleasants, Ally Hanson, Trinity Haynes. Second row (L-R) Sam Hagan, Emily Sprouse, Sydney Small, Kate Moncure, Lily Dobrin, Madison Stafford, Corban Van Ornum, Lauren Shelton, Kyera Watkins, Craig Edgerton. Third row (L-R) James Barlow, Paul Nazari, Cameron Taylor, Alex Pellicane, Alex Logan, Simon Skinner, Ziara Pagan, Scott Morris. Photo courtesy of Fluvanna Photos.

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Fluvanna competed in its first forensic tournament of the season on Oct. 18. Over 20 schools competed in both speech and debate. Over 35 Flucos competed, with almost 12 new students joining the team, as well as FCHS teacher Luke Divine who has taken the new role of Assistant Debate Coach.

“We are excited about the upcoming season,” said Speech Coach Craig Edgerton.

Over 20 schools competed from around the Shenandoah Valley, including all of the schools in the VHSL 3A Region.

The following students placed in the top 6:


1st, Simon Skinner, Storytelling 

1st, Evie Benson, Prose (first-time competitor)

1st, Alex Pellicane, Extemporaneous 

1st, Cameron Taylor, Dramatic

1st, Justin Hamill, Humorous Duo (first-time competitor)

1st, Jakob Shifflett, Humorous Duo (first-time competitor)

2nd, Lilly Dobrin, Prose

2nd, Emily Sprouse, Dramatic

2nd, Lea Cianfrani, Original (first-time competitor)

3rd, Paul Nazari, Humorous

3rd, Danielle Sumner, Original

4th, Allie Hanson, Dramatic

4th, Trinity Haynes, Serious Duo

4th, Delaney Hammond, Serious Duo

4th, Caroline Fields, Extemporaneous

4th, Hollyn Pleasants, Storytelling

6th, Jordyn Palmer, Storytelling

6th, Malcolm O’Malley, Impromptu (first-time competitor)


These qualifying students will participate in the Tournament of Champions to be held in January of 2019.

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Syerra Milliman, Fluco Beat Editor

Syerra is a senior and this is her third year in Journalism. She is the editor of The Fluco Beat and a member of the BETA Club. She likes to read and...

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