Monday, June 26, 2006
Nathaniel Nguyen, left, and Jeff Bogess are national champions in Duo.
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Bogess and Nguyen were ranked first in the final round of the Duo Interpretation event by eight of the thirteen judges, amassing a score of just 29 points from the judges, compared to 43 for the second place team of Bronne Bruzgo and Ryan Martin of Holy Ghost Preparatory in Pennsylvania. Bogess and Nguyen went into the final round tied.
In Forensics events, the low score wins.
Logan's Forensic team won the prestigious Bruno E. Jacob/Pi Kappa Delta National Award in Speech, given for long-term excellence. Logan missed winning the award last year by just a few points, making it a virtual certainty the team would take home the trophy this year.
"It's the big award," said assistant coach Tim Campbell, "It takes years to get enough points to win it."
Loganís squad of speakers amassed 1375 points in the tournament, beating Lincoln-Sioux Falls High school from Indianaís second-best score of 1232. High score wins in school rankings.
Logan also won the Schwan School of Excellence Award in Speech, one of nine schools receiving the award.
New National champion Nathaniel Nguyen, back at Logan on Monday to help run the Forensic teams summer program, told the Courier Monday that winning the national championship is the realization of "big dream. It's been a goal for me" since joining the team. "I feel like I've accomplished a milestone in my life. To be honest, it's better than graduation."
Nguyen will attend the University of California at Riverside this fall, helped by the $6,250 in scholarships he won at the tournament. His partner, Jeff Bogess, also a graduate, also won $6.250.
About 3,000 high school students from around the country entered the competion, held on two high school campuses in the Texas towns of Grapevine and Colleyville. It's the largest such gathering in the world.
Campbell said that the win in duo by Bogess and Nguyen is the the first since 1999.
"This is the best year we've ever had" at the national tournament, Campbell said. "It was a good victory and very rewarding for the kids."
Loganís Seema Rupani took eighth place in the Humorous Interpretation event, in which Loganís Taron Grizzel took 12th.
Kamara Wilson took 9th place in Dramatic Interpretation.
Shefali Tandon, former editor-in -chief of The Courier, took eighth place in Extemp.
The website that features the results of the tournament, www.joyoftournaments.com, stresses on their site that the published results are unofficial results. Official results won't be available until they are published in Rostrum, the official publication of the National Forensic League.