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2009 NFL Nationals

The 2009 Nationals Tournament was held in Birmingham, Ala. South Carolina had 24 students represent the state at the tournament and saw great success. Southside High School won a School of Excellence trophy in Debate. The following students were honored.

Student awards

  • Ricky Pulley of Southside (2009 SC NFL Student of the Year) was asked to speak at a Wednesday evening banquet honoring the NFL Communicator of the Year.
  • Lincoln Douglas Debate: Jon Ludwig of Bob Jones Academy placed in the Top 50 in the nation after 9 rounds of competition.
  • Public Forum Debate: Jared Marr and  Blair Brewer (Southside) placed in the Top 25 in the nation after 12  rounds of competition. Ryan Karrer and Paavan Gami (Southside) completed 8 rounds.
  • Original Oratory: Michelle Chapman (Riverside) reached Quarterfinals. Gary Fan (Southside) made the first break and the top 60.
  • Duo Interpretation: Rachel Boone and Eeshwar Chandrasekar (Mauldin) made the first break and the top 60.
  • Dramatic Interpretation: Ben Leder (Riverside) made the first break and the top 60.
  • Congress: Dennis Kerwin (Mauldin) made it to Semi Finals in the Senate. Amy Li (Riverside) presided in her House chamber in prelims.
  • Impromptu Speaking: Stephen Lovegrove (Bob Jones Academy) made it to Quarterfinals and the top 40 (out of more than 500 contestants).
  • Expository: Charlene Hong (Riverside) made it to Semi Finals.