Nestled in the Wasatch Mountain Range, Salt Lake City provided the backdrop for the 2016 National Speech and Debate Association’s national tournament. The largest speech and debate tournament in the world, the event hosted over 4000 students competing in more than 20 different competitive speech events. In order to participate, students must qualify through their districts. Lauren Jacquette, Ethan Case and Daniel Quigley were part of the team that represented South Carolina. Lauren competed in Lincoln-Douglas debate and then went on to compete in Prose Interpretation, where she reached the quarterfinals. Ethan and Daniel were part of the South Carolina World Schools debate team. The team was made up of five students: two from BJA and three from Riverside (Julia Murray, Abigail Holland and April Andi). The team competed against 86 teams from all over the U.S. in a parliamentary-style debate. Congratulations to Team South Carolina for coming in at seventh place in the nation! The team was coached by Greg Cook of Riverside and Chuck Nicholas of BJA.
Additionally, Gail Nicholas was recognized with her tenth Distinguished Service Award. Both Chuck and Gail Nicholas served at the National tournament on the tabulation staff and were chosen to judge semifinal and final rounds of main events.