Forensics league holds awards night, honors student speakers -- Gazette.Net



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Winners of the Montgomery County Forensics League Championships were honored at an awards night Feb. 8 at James Hubert Blake High School in Silver Spring.

After a season of competition involving three countywide meets and a final tournament, six schools received team awards: Walter Johnson High School in Bethesda won 21 trophies in 10 categories; James Hubert Blake High School in Silver Spring won seven trophies in five categories; Col. Zadok Magruder High School in Rockville earned eight trophies in five categories; Gaithersburg High School earned seven trophies in five categories; Northwest High School in Germantown earned 98 points and three trophies in three categories; and Poolesville High School earned 93 points and five trophies in four categories.

Jourdan Lewanda, from Blake High School, was inducted into the MC Forensics League Hall of Fame, having been an Excellence Award winner for at least two years and a finalist in at least five categories.

Other individual awards went to Emily Balcombe of Northwest High School, who received the Peg Fess Outstanding Novice Award and to Defne Dilsiz of Walter Johnson High School, who was named the 2012 Outstanding Speaker of the Year.

For qualifying in five categories of competition, the following students earned Excellence Awards: Jourdan Lewanda of Blake High School; Alyssa Newberg of Magruder High School; Bea Owens of Walter Johnson High School; Richard Muhammad of Blake High School; Alexandra Reeves of Blake High School; and Iliana Papanicolaou of Walter Johnson High School.