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NSDA: Two Sides to Every Coin

NSDA: Two Sides to Every Coin From June 13th to June 18th, Courtney and Kelon competed in the 2016 National Speech and Debate Tournament in Salt Lake City, Utah. Their DUO, "To Every Coin," by Gregory T. Burns, couldn't have been a more fitting grand finale to their high school speech and debate experience.I have coached Courtney and Kelon for the past two years, and although their DUO embodies the two sides of a relationship, I would like to take a moment to embody the two sides to their growth as speakers and as young adults.… Read More...

Cardinal Speak: The Same “Old” Nest – The Same “New” Cardinals

The new season has been going by in a blaze. Already, the team has completed its first three tournaments and is at the halfway point of the season.The first tournament of the season was the North Mecklenburg Classic, which was followed by the Bob Jones Invitational. Most recently, the team competed in Asheville Cougar Classic.… Read More...
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NCFL: A National Competition for an International Message

I do not typically editorialize, but in this case I will. The NCFL is too significant for me to not share a few thoughts on both Lizbeth and the team's accomplishments. [The above picture is of all the students from all the high schools in the Charlotte Mecklenburg School System who attended the NCFL tournament.]On May 23rd - May 24th, Lizbeth competed in the NCFL tournament.… Read More...

District Qualifiers: The O.O. Marathon

It has been an amazing season as the team has earned numerous awards. Great effort has been rewarded with great achievement: that reward has been in more than tangible trophies - the reward is the intangible development of character.The team's character was evident in how each member approached districts. All of those who qualified to compete in districts had to create new pieces, so all of them made the decision to compete in original oratory.… Read More...

NC State Tournament: Bringing Home The Trophy Hardware

P.O.B. Cardinal Speak has enjoyed an exciting journey. Along the way, the Cardinals conquered Southside, Myers Park,  Asheville High School, and many others in order to finally arrive at the NC State Tournament, where we revisited Myers Park High School for the culmination of the best of the best speeches in North Carolina.… Read More...

Southside High School: The Ultimate QT (Quick Trip)

​The P.O.B. Cardinals soured high this weekend sending 8 competitors to Southside High School in Greenville, SC. The team  competed in 4 tough, extremely vigorous  rounds in which  3 of P.O.B.'s Cardinals advanced to Finals; Kelon received 2nd Place in O.I.  Courtney received 6th Place in O.I.  and 8th Place in Expository Lizbeth received 5th Place in Declamation Honorable mentions are Alyssa, Nyle,  Isaiah and Spencer… Read More...
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Laird Lewis: Conquering Our Goliath

Cardinal Speak excelled at the Myers Park Laird Lewis Tournament. Although Laird Lewis is a goliath of a tournament - two days of rigorous, competetive speaking - the P.O.B. speech and debate team had a strong showing. Kelon was a Quarter Finalist in Oratorical Interpretation Lizbeth was a Semi Finalist in DeclamationSpencer was a Semi Finalist in ImpromptuCourtney was a Finalist in Expository Other honorable mentions are Gylana, C.J., and Jasmin, who likewise competed in the Laird Lewis Tournament.… Read More...

The Queen City Invitational: Speaking with Conviction

P.O.B.'s Cardinal Speak had an excellent showing at The Charlotte Catholic Queen City Invitational. With a total of six trophies, the team has continued to find a place on the awards stage: Spencer Placed 1st in Impromptu and 4th in Expository Ernesto placed 4th in ImpromptuC.J. placed 5th in ImpromptuCourtney placed 1st in Children's LiteratureLizbeth placed 1st in Declamation The team continues to improve as we compete with the vigor, perseverance, desire, and conviction to be our best.… Read More...
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Asheville High School: The Hogwarts Saga Continues

P.O.B.'s Cardinal Speak sent 12 students to compete in the Asheville H.S. Speech and Debate Tournament. For almost half the team, this was their first tournament.The team continues to compete, grow, and flourish. The following were some significant highlights:​ Spencer placed 2nd in Impromptu C.J. placed 5th in ImpromptuLizbeth placed 5th in Declamation Other significant accomplishments were the number of first time competitors: Jasmin, Alyssa, Carlos, Gylana, and Simeon competed in their first speech and debate tournament.… Read More...
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The Viking Classic: Unleashing the Spirit of Conquest

Cardinal Speak was able to send three of its competitors to the North Mecklenburg Viking Classic: [left to right] Courtney, Spencer, and Lizbeth.In continuing with the energy and enthusiasm from the previous tournament, Courtney double entered into humorous interpretation and oratorical interpretation, Spencer double entered into extemp and impromptu, and Lizbeth continued to advance her skills in declamation.During this competition, the Cardinal Speak Speech and Debate Team achieved the following awards:​ Lizbeth placed 2nd in Declamation Spencer placed 6th in Impromptu… Read More...