May 4, 2013

KCS debaters compete at state level


---- — KEENE VALLEY — Three Keene Central School students competed in the 2013 New York State Forensics League Championship Tournament, held recently in Mineola. 

Seniors Sam Balzac and Cassandra Day were entered in Duo Interpretation. 

Balzac was also entered in Humorous Interpretation, along with senior Jonah Wu from Taiwan, an international student who has been studying in the United States only since September. 

Forensics is the art of speech and debate. 

“It is not only useful to students who wish to pursue dramatic arts, but it also prepares students for public and persuasive speaking of any kind,” a press release said. 

Sales, marketing and law are fields for which a background in forensics can prove valuable.   

“It’s thrilling to bring the kids downstate to have them see the kind of work that the students in the metropolitan area are doing, and it’s exciting to know that our North Country kids can hold their own with these students,” said Kathleen Recchia, who coaches the team with Rosamond Lincoln-Day and Fred Balzac.  

“We’re proud of our students and how hard they worked to get here,” Lincoln-Day said in the release.

Students from more than 50 schools competed, and the KCS competitors did very well in their categories, the press release said.

Balzac qualified for the semi-finals in Humorous Interpretation and missed the final round by one cut.

KCS junior Peter Craig and freshman Liza Amirault, also members of the team, made the trip and took note of the skills that they’ll need to sharpen to be competitive next year.

Keene Central is one of the few schools in the Adirondacks that offers forensics as a competitive club.

For more information on the team, contact Recchia at 946-8323.