Rocky Fork Enterprise

Speech-debate team places seventh in contest

The Gahanna Lincoln High School speech and debate team placed seventh overall at the Middletown Forensifest Speech and Debate Invitational on Saturday, Jan. 5. Nine students placed in the event.

Ali McCathern placed first in Lincoln Douglas Debate, Nathan Power and Matthew Zianni placed second in Congressional Debate, Gabby Howell placed fifth in Original Oratory and Sedona Rosenberg also placed fifth in United States Extemporaneous Speaking.

Students who placed sixth included Brandon Muschlitz in International Extemporaneous Speaking, Max Agranoff and Kyle Clark in Public Forum Debate and Angie Stewart in Original Oratory.

In addition, Jassy Da Silva, Skye Booth, Tara Smith, and Wesley Thompson all placed seventh in their respective events.

Ten students advanced when the Gahanna Lincoln High School speech and debate team competed at the Sylvania Invitational on Jan. 11 and 12.

In speech, four students advanced out of the preliminary rounds to the semifinal rounds. Thompson and Emily Jadwin were in the top 14 of international extemporaneous speaking and original oratory, respectively.

Rosenberg was in the top 14 of United States extemporaneous speaking and Mallory Rowan advanced out of the semifinal round to the final round and placed fourth overall.

In Lincoln Douglas debate, McCathern and Evren Gokcen and Sibi Sengottuvel advanced to the double octa-final round. McCathern and Sengottuvel then advanced to the octa-finals.

In public forum debate, the junior team of Booth and Da Silva advanced to the double octa-finals

In student congress, senior Nathan Power advanced to the semi and final rounds and placed sixth overall. Power also received the outstanding presiding officer award.

Overall, Gahanna placed 11th out of 39 teams.

Gahanna will compete at Bexley on Jan. 26. State qualifiers will be held at Maumee High School on Feb. 2, and national qualifiers will be held at Gahanna on Feb. 15-16.

Complete results of this and all tournaments this season are available at

The team is coached by speech and debate teacher Lyle Linerode and English teacher Kristen Juth.