On November 21st and 22nd, GSIS hosted the KAIAC Forensics Tournament. Students from APIS, GSIS, KIS, SIS, TCIS, and YISS participated in the events. On Friday, students competed in seven speech categories: Poetry, Prose, Original Oratory, Impromptu, Extemporaneous, Solo Interpretation, and Duo Interpretation. On Saturday, students competed in three debate categories: Public Forum, Parliamentary, and Lincoln Douglas.
Ron Kim, Grade 12, acted as the tournament assistant. He did significant work in making the tournament a success. He arranged all the food deliveries for students and adults. He was the "Tabulation" person, that all the judges brought their ballots so he could do the number crunching on how the students performed. He did so many other things that it would be impossible to list them all. He was the most important person at the tournament; everything focused on his work.
Three other senior students competed in the tournament and also provided valuable assistance in the tournament management. Robby Hwang helped to setup 18 classrooms and then put them back in order after the tournament. Wonjin Kim managed the timers and made sure the other competing students had their badges and answered their questions. Grace Shin acted as photographer and video recording manager.
In the seven speech categories, GSIS took first place in Impromptu and first place and third place in Duo Interpretation. In the three debate competitions, GSIS took fourth place in Parliamentary. Usually, KIS and SIS sweep up most of the wins, since they have a strong Forensics program, with 40 students each, but GSIS showed that a smaller group of students could be just as competitive and could take home wins.
Grace Shin, Grade 12, won first place in Impromptu Speech. Impromptu was one of the largest categories, so her win was truly significant. Impromptu requires competitors to be quick thinkers, to speak intelligently, and convey a range of emotions, with only 3 minutes preparation.
Stephanie Kim and Loukas Kang, both Grade 10, took first place in Duo Interpretation. Jade Hughes, Grade 8, and James Ahn, Grade 10, took third place in Duo Interpretation. Duo Interpretation is more acting than speech. They act out a two-person script, under very strict requirements. To see a good team perform is truly a work of art. Both of the teams were amazing.
Grade 8 students, Lucas Lee and Daniel Oh, took forth place in Parliamentary Debate. For them to take this placement, against teams who were all high school level, many of whom were seniors, is truly amazing. Parliamentary is a two-person team competition. It is based on the House of Lords in Great Britain, where the "Government" proposes a legislative action and the "Opposition" opposes it. The competing teams are given a topic and then they have 20 minutes to prepare their arguments and speeches. They must speak well, be highly adaptive, and be able to counter the arguments and challenges of the opposing team.
Several GSIS staff assisted in the tournament. Rebeca Choi was the assistant coach and judge for both days of the tournament. Hana Anderson, Nona Kilgore, Leisha Pitkin, Michelle Pownall, and Melody Welton also served as judges on Friday. Nona Kilgore and Michelle Pownall again served as judges on Saturday. Many thanks to these ladies for making the tournament a great success.
Thank you, one and all, for your support of our Forensics program.
Forensic Faculty Advisor