Rocky Fork Enterprise

Awards add up for speech and debate team

The Gahanna Lincoln High School speech and debate recently held an award ceremony to recognize members of the 2012-2013 team for their accomplishments during the season.

Evren Gokcen, Emily Jadwin and Ali McCathern were named National Forensic League Academic All-American honorees. This is for students who have achieved superior distinction, a grade-point average of at 3.7 and a minimum ACT of 27 or SAT score of 2,000; are sixth or seventh semester students; and have demonstrated character qualities such as leadership and commitment in the eyes of their coach or principal.

The special "Mann Award," a $100 cash prize sponsored by Bruce Mann and awarded for most wins in a season, was given to Jadwin and Mallory Rowan for IE and McCathern, Gokcen and Nathan Power for Debate.

Other awards include:

* Novice Most Improved-Team -- Loie Greenwood.

* Varsity Most Improved-Team -- Sibi Sengottuvel.

* Novice Hardest Worker-Team -- Skye Booth.

* Varsity Hardest Worker-Team -- Ali McCathern.

* Novice Most Improved-Coaches -- Loie Greenwood and Wesley Thompson.

* Varsity Most Improved-Coaches -- Sibi Sengottuvel, Brandon Muschlitz and Stephanie McCann.

* Novice Hardest Worker-Coaches -- Gabby Howell and Skye Booth.

* Varsity Hardest Worker-Coaches -- Ali McCathern, Jennie McAndrew and Stephanie McCann.

* Most Team Spirit -- Tara Smith and Stephanie McCann.

* Most Service to the Team -- Emily Jadwin.

Other distinctions students advanced to include:

* New NFL Members, Degree of Merit -- Max Agranoff, Sarah Beavers, Skye Booth, Ross Candor, Nathan Carlucci, Kyle Clark, Jassy Da Silva, Loie Greenwood, Erin Holt, Gabby Howell, Heather Kincaid, Nichole Kirk, Nicholas Pagliaro, Allana Paulk, Summit Rosenberg, Stefn Sandberg, Olivia Smith, Eustacia Studer, Wesley Thompson and Caleb Webb.

* Degree of Excellence -- Skye Booth, Jassy Da Silva, Megan Ellsesser, Kate Frank, Loie Greenwood, Nichole Kirk, Sumeet Kotwal, Nick Pagliaro, Allie Paulk, Summit Rosenberg, Mallory Rowan, Tara Smith, Wesley Thompson and Jennie McAndrew.

* Degree of Outstanding Distinction -- Evren Gokcen and Ali McCathern.

Students who achieved perfect attendance are: Skye Booth, Gabby Howell, Alexis Lucas, Jennie McAndrew, Ali McCathern, Nathan Power, Summit Rosenberg, Mallory Rowan, Sibi Sengottuvel, Stacy Studer, Wesley Thompson, Caleb Webb and Matthew Zianni.

The team's 2013-2014 officers will be Sedona Rosenberg and Matthew Zianni, co-captains; Jassy Da Silva, secretary; and Megan Ellsesser, historian.