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
Durham Academy's Speech and Debate team completed its final competition of the 2015-2016 season and finished with stellar results. Each year, the National Speech and Debate Association (NSDA) National Tournament is held in Salt Lake City from June 12 to 17. THe NSDA National Tournament is the most prestigious national championship that the DA team has the opportunity to compete in. It is the largest academic competition in the world, with 4219 students from 1200 schools competing.
"Merely qualifying for the tournament is a feat," said coach Crawford Leavoy. This year, DA was represented by nine students in six different events.
For the fourth year in a row, Durham Academy was awarded the School of Excellence Award in Debate. This recognition places DA in the Top 20 Schools in the National Tournament out of the 1200 schools represented. "Few schools have maintained the continual excellence year after year that Durham Academy has had at the NSDA National Tournament," said Leavoy.
Seniors Loften Deprez and Eilene Yang reached the Semifinal round in Public Forum Debate, and the team earned third place overall out of 285 teams nationwide. Deprez and Yang's impressive result comes on the heels of their first place finish at the Tournament of Champions in late April.
Other highlights from the week included:
- Osezele Okoruwa ('18) was a Semifinalist (Top 50) in Congressional Debate - House of Representatives
- Michael Li & Rohan Patel ('17) reached the Top 32 teams in Public Forum Debate
- Collin Brown ('17) competed in International Extemporaneous Speaking and Extemporaneous Debate
- Olivia Chilkoti & Bhamini Vellanki ('18) competed in Worlds Schools Debate and Extemporaneous Debate
- Emily Kohn ('19) competed in Humorous Interpretation, Poetry Reading and Storytelling
The following students were NSDA alternates:
- Raksha Ramanan ('19) - First Alternate - International Extemporaneous Speaking
- Raksha Ramanan ('19) - First Alternate - World Schools Debate
- Yaakov Huba ('19) - Second Alternate - World Schools Debate
- Bhamini Vellanki ('18) - First Alternate - Congressional Debate
- Safiya Gallaghan ('17) - Third Alternate - Programmed Oral Interpretation
"It has been an amazing year of growth," said Leavoy, "and I look forward to updating everyone on the wonderful things that will be happening in the upcoming season (which starts bright and early in September)."