Parents Association & Parents Council
The Durham Academy Parents Association supports the school's academic, social, fine arts and athletic objectives. Parents Association encourages volunteerism, raises and disperses funds, promotes communication and cooperation, and provides input to the school on issues of concern and interest to parents. All Durham Academy parents are members of the Parents Association.
The Durham Academy Parents Council is the governing board of the Parents Association. This group comprises members of an executive committee; division representatives; members of schoolwide committees on matters such as diversity, wellness and athletics; and parents who organize both community-building and fundraising events. See a list of the parents who serve on Parents Council.
Parents Bulletin Board
The Durham Academy speech and debate program hosted the Tarheel East District Tournament from March 24 to 25. It was DA’s first time playing host to the tournament, which is a qualifying event for the National Speech and Debate Association’s (NSDA) national tournament, and 15 DA students have qualified to compete.
As a team, the DA competitors were named District Overall Champions, District Debate Champions and District Speech Champions. DA last won all three team awards in 2015. In addition, the DA program earned the Leading Chapter Award, which is the highest honor bestowed on a chapter each year; the award is a cumulative award based on the number of new members who join the team and become NSDA members.
Senior Thomas Owens was recognized at the tournament as District Student of the Year for his embodiment of the NSDA Code of Honor, following in the footsteps of Loften Deprez ’15. Owens will now be considered as a candidate for National Student of the Year.
Associate Director of Debate Jeff Welty was recognized as District Coach of the Year. Welty founded DA’s speech and debate program 12 years ago, and he continues to coach the program’s Public Forum team.
The students who have qualified for the national tournament — to be held in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, from June 17 to 22 — include the following:
- Emily Donaldson (’20), Congressional Debate (House)
- Bhamini Vellanki (’18), Congressional Debate (Senate)
- Davi Sapiro-Gheiler (’19), Humorous Interpretation
- Emily Kohn (’19), Informative Speaking
- Yaakov Huba (’19), International Extemporaneous Speaking
- Sarah Booker (’18), Lincoln-Douglas Debate
- Kiran Sundar (’19), Original Oratory
- Annie Ma (’20), Original Oratory
- Zoe Boggs and Olivia Chilkoti (’18), Policy Debate
- Nathan Dalva-Baird and Sheridan Kum (’19), Public Forum
- Adriana Kim and Andrew Owens (’20), Public Forum
- Nechama Huba (’19), United States Extemporaneous Speaking
Additionally, some students have qualified to serve as alternates in the case that a qualifier cannot attend the tournament:
- Lizzie Kerman (’19), third alternate, Congressional Debate (House)
- Emily Kohn (’19), first alternate, Humorous Interpretation
- Olivia Chilkoti (’18), first alternate, Lincoln-Douglas Debate
- Davi Sapiro-Gheiler (’19), second alternate, Program Oral Interpretation
- Esme Longley & Mac Hays (’20), first alternates, Public Forum Debate
- Thomas Owens & Hebron Daniel (’18), third alternates, Public Forum Debate
- Carlton zum Brunnen (’20), third alternate, United States Extemporaneous Speaking