SIS places second in KAIAC Forensics Tournament


The Forensics Debate team celebrate after the tournament ends.

On Jan. 13-14, the SIS Forensics Speech and Debate team went to KIS to participate in the KAIAC Forensics Conference Tournament, winning many individual awards and placing second overall. 

The Speech tournament took place on the first day, when Cherlin Kim (11) placed first in Prose, Jason Lee (10) placed first in Impromptu, Henry Hatridge (11) placed first in Extemporaneous, and Stella Chae (9) placed 1st in Duo Acting.

“It was quite nice to participate in this tournament because I met other schools’ competitors,” Henry, 1st place in Extemporaneous, said. “My speech teammates did very well, as we tend to perform worse than the debate team. We hope to continue this great success and get first place next time.”

The SIS Forensics team also brought great results from the second day of the tournament, which included three sectors of debate: Parliamentary, Public Forum, and Lincoln Douglas. Out of the four finalist teams for Parliamentary debate, two teams were from SIS. Overall, Henry and Jason placed first in Parliamentary while David Kim (11) and Junseo Lee (11) placed third. Carson Park (9) and Colin Park (9) also impressively placed as finalists in Public Forum debate.

“Through dedicated practice, we have achieved a level of excellence that reflects the hard work and dedication of every team member.” Bin Ma, Public Forum Debate and Extemporaneous Speech Captain, said. “I am thankful to my fellow teammates and our coach for their contributions, and I look forward to the upcoming tournament in March, where we will continue to strive for even greater achievements.”