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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.

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Parents Bulletin Board

Debate team enjoys 'all-time best performance' at nationals
Posted 06/24/2014 04:00PM

The Durham Academy speech and debate team's performance at the 2014 National Forensic League's National Speech & Debate Tournament was one for the record books. Perhaps most notable, recent graduates Will Ruff and Justin Katz wrapped up their DA debate careers in style with a second-place finish in Public Forum Debate. As a result, the pair clinched the season-long national points race championship, finishing the year ranked first in the nation.

Ruff and Katz were far from DA's only successes at the tournament, held in Overland Park, Kan., from June 15-20.  For the fourth time in five years, Durham Academy was honored with a School of Excellence in Debate award, which is given to the top 20 debate schools in the nation.
"This team became a real family this week, putting aside their own personal interests to help each other in extraordinary ways throughout the week," head coach Robert Sheard said. "I'm honored to be part of this program."
- Rising senior Derek Brown finished ninth of 260 debaters in Lincoln Douglas Debate.  This is the first time that a DA competitor has finished in the top 14, Sheard said. To boot, Brown's finish earns him an automatic berth in the 2015 nationals.
- Rising seniors Connor Leech and Eitan Sapiro-Gheiler each fared well in their extemporaneous speaking competitions, breaking out of preliminary rounds (comprising the top 60 students) and competing in rounds 7 and 8. Both barely missed advancing to round 9, which took only the top 30 competitors. Leech, who competed in U.S. Extemporaneous Speaking, finished 31st, and Sapiro-Gheiler, who competed in International Extemporaneous Speaking, finished 32nd.
- Sheard described Ruff and Katz's second-place finish as both "wonderful and heart-breaking." In scoring the final round vs. Hawken School of Ohio, the judges' 8-7 decision was the closest in the event's history, he said.
"They were wonderful and brilliant, and I couldn't have asked for them to do any more than they did," he said. The finish makes the fourth time in the past seven years that a DA Public Forum team has placed in the top six, putting them on the main stage for awards.
Watch Ruff and Katz's final round below. Please move the progress bar to the 06:13:30 mark.

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