On Saturday, October 20 the SA Speech team arrived in Union City with twenty-two competitors, most of whom were registered in the Novice Duo Event. SA has become known for its edgy duos over the years, which have included Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, Lord of the Rings, Pulp Fiction
, and other scripts that push the limits of the event. This year we headed in with renditions of Fight Club, My Girl,
and The Court Jester
among other titles.
We had a few "first-timers" this tournament, which included Pavel Karabelov, who is performing a dramatic interpretation of a Game of Thrones episode, Sara Boyers '21, who is telling a personal story about the loss of her home in the fires, and Nick Fowles '21 along with Bert Garner '21, who are doing a wild and crazy duo interpretation.
Four out five of the duos to make it to finals in the novice division were SA teams. I can't say I ever remember "closing out" an event like this, but we came home with the third, second, and first place trophies: Nick and Bert receiving third, Elliot Harrison-Lee '19 and Jamie Potter '19 earning second, and Emma Hartley '20 and Anika McCarthy-Belash '20 winning first.
In varsity we had three entries: Gavin Patchet '19 in impromptu, Ellie Ramos '21 and Veronica Aranda '21 in dramatic interpretation, and Casey McKay '19 and Ari Tamar-Mattis '19 in duo. Though all of these competitors are already shining in their events, Ellie Ramos was the one to break to the finals with her rendition of "Hello Herman," a piece about school shootings.
We are off to a great start. This weekend varsity competitors will be in Stockton at the John Schambers Invitational held on the University of the Pacific's campus.
I want to thank the McKays, Shawn and Rich, for driving and judging this weekend. We can't compete without support from parents like them!