Wednesday, September 29, 2010

A Big Start - BP students in Quarterfinals at Season-Opener


Norberto Troncoso and Monica Lindsay posted top-20 finishes at the prestigious Yale Invitational this weekend as the BP Speech season began with a bang.

This year's reloaded Bronx Prep Speech Team showed up on the campus of Yale University a dozen-strong - tripling the size of last year's team at this tournament. The sudden depth in the squad is a direct result of a team commitment to success that carried through the off-season, as most Bronx Prep speakers at the Yale tournament were seen here at the school, participating in the inaugural BP Speech Boot Camp in August.

Traveling with them were Mr. Simon, Ms. Q and chaperone-judges Ms. Williams and Mr. So - who came through for the team in a huge way for the BP competitors. A special shout-out and thank you to this so special pair.

The Yale Invitational is the first tournament of the year for many forensics teams in America. It's a national-caliber competition that draws students from New York, Massachusetts, Virginia, Florida, and even California. Success at this tournament is difficult to come by and a big showing is a strong indicator of who will be setting the pace for the season.

With this in mind, Monica and Nobrerto's achievements must be noted for the promising tone they set for the rest of the year.

Monica was competing in Oral Interpretation for the first time ever, but her results were hardly a surprise, as she worked with focus and determination over the summer to prepare for the Yale competition. She alternated performances of a program of poetry about Hurricane Katrina, with a powerful prose piece about a woman finding ways to deal with her miscarriage.

Norberto was competing in Humorous Interpretation, with his own very humorous, very creative interpretation of Dr. Seuss's The Cat in the Hat - as a horrifying crime story. Like Monica, Noberto worked hard in August to set himself up for a big finish over the weekend.

Recognition is also due to several students who competed in their first tournament - no small achievement and something of a trial by fire at one of the biggest tournaments of the season: Jackie Martinez (Original Oratory), Jyeisha Reyes (Oral Interpretation), Emmanuel Cruz (Duo Interpretation), Joy Akinfenwa (OI), and Shakeel Hawker (OI). Props to each of you for preparing performances for national competition before the end of September.

This weekend, the team opens up the local season with the first tournament of the year in the New York CFL - Bronx Prep's local forensics league. Another larger roster could yield big results in the form of trophies and half-qualification for the state tournament. Tune in here next week for Saturday's results.

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