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

Speech and Debate Team is Off to a Busy Start
Posted 10/02/2018 02:43PM

The busy fall season is under way for members of the Durham Academy speech and debate team, who have competed in Texas, Connecticut, Louisiana and here in North Carolina in just the first month of competition. In the year's first four tournaments, 63 students have competed, and the team's roster now includes 83 members — four of whom are Middle Schoolers, thanks to the creation of the new Middle School Debate Club, which aims to teach students the basics of argumentation and persuasive speaking. 

Grapevine Classic (Dallas)

  • Yaakov Huba: Runner-Up (second place out of 55 competitors) — Foreign Extemporaneous Speaking

Yale Invitational (New Haven, Connecticut)

  • Yaakov Huba: Octafinalist (top 24 out of 132) — Extemporaneous Speaking
  • Nechama Huba: Octafinalist (top 24 out of 132) — Extemporaneous Speaking
  • Nathan Dalva-Baird and Sheridan Kum: Triple-Octafinalist (top 64 out of 209) — Public Forum
  • Bennett Dombcik: Triple-Octafinalist (top 64 out of 167) — Lincoln-Douglas Debate
  • Emily Donaldson: Semifinalist (top 72 out of 193) — Congressional Debate

Holy Cross Navy & Old Gold Speech and Debate Exhibition (New Orleans)

  • Carlton zum Brunnen: Third Place — Extemporaneous Speaking
  • Carlton zum Brunnen: Seventh Place — Impromptu Speaking
  • Mac Hays and Esme Longley: Semifinalists (top 4 out of 52) — Public Forum Debate
  • Jacob Palmer: Octafinalist (top 16 out of 54) — Lincoln-Douglas Debate
  • Bennett Dombcik: Semifinalist (top 4 out of 54) — Lincoln-Douglas Debate

Pinecrest Open (Southern Pines)

  • Team: Runner-Up — Overall Sweepstakes
  • Nechama Huba: Third Place — Impromptu Speaking
  • Yaakov Huba: Second Place — Impromptu Speaking
  • Nechama Huba: Sixth Place — Extemporaneous Speaking
  • Alex Hoffman: Third Place — Extemporaneous Speaking
  • Yaakov Huba: Champion — Extemporaneous Speaking
  • Madeleine Genova: Third Place — Original Oratory
  • Emily Kohn: Third Place — Humorous Interpretation
  • Alayah Tedder: Sixth Place — Dramatic Interpretation (first tournament)
  • Anna Brent-Levenstein and Emily Norry: Champion — Novice Public Forum Debate (first tournament)
  • Edward Rogers and Aadesh Anchailya: Fourth Place — Novice Public Forum Debate (first tournament)
  • Nathan Dalva-Baird and Sheridan Kum: Honorable Mention — Varsity Public Forum Debate
  • Tate Staples: Honorable Mention: Novice Lincoln-Douglas Debate (first tournament)
  • Sophia Benjamin: Fifth Place — Novice Congressional Debate (first tournament)
  • Izzi Gershon: Second Place — Novice Congressional Debate (first tournament)
  • Asia Crowley: Champion — Novice Congressional Debate (first tournament)
  • Emily Donaldson: Fourth Place — Varsity Congressional Debate
  • Emily Donaldson: Best Presiding Officer — Varsity Congressional Debate
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