With the 2012-2013 school year on the horizon, the past year's success of the Canfield High School speech and debate team remains fresh.
Jeremy Hamilton, a CHS teacher who has served seven years as a speech and debate team coach, the last five as its head coach, said that this past year, 95 students joined the team.
"I'm thinking we might be able to break the 100 mark this year."
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Early in the season, Canfield High School seniors Ishmeet Grewal (left), and Shane Deiley, members of the Canfield High School Speech and Debate team, celebrated winning the Sylvania Invitational in Sylvania, OH. The two later placed 2nd in Ohio in Public Forum Debate and were in the Top 64 in the nation at the 2012 National Forensic League National Tournament in Indianapolis.
With the team earning second in the state tournament, Hamilton said that with 41 students competing at state, CHS had the most team members of any schools represented.
Moving on to the 2011-2012 National Tournament in Indianapolis, where six students represented CHS, according to Hamilton, seniors Shane Deiley and Ishmeet Grewal, state runners up in Public Forum Debate, finished in the top 64 in the nation; Andrik Massaro, who finished top eight in state in Lincoln Douglas Debate, went on to the national competition, where he placed in the top 72 in Supplemental Debate and Congressional Debate; Tim Nesnidol, finished as a quarter-finalist at the national tournament, and Jordan Teutsch, and Sophia Pilolli, of whom Hamilton said were in Duo this year, placed third in state and qualified for nationals.
A member of the CHS speech and debate team since his freshman year, and currently serving as its president, Nesnidol's junior year brought continuing success in the category of Humorous Interpretation.
Although eluded by the state title on which he said he set his sights this past year, Nesnidol placed in every tournament during his junior year, which included six first place trophies, and four second place, in addition to which he finished second place in the State Tournament, and has been named district champion the past two years. Most recently, he finished amongst the top 30 in the nation in his category, placing as a quarter-finalist in the National Tournament.
Nesnidol, whose penchant for humor extends to stand-up, has played at various open mike venues, such as Lemon Grove, Funny Farm, and Vortex in Akron.
Speaking on Nesnidol's national performance, "He was an impressive competitor," said Hamilton, adding of the team overall, "Just being around all of them" noting the dedication of so many team members. "It's a really infectious attitude," he said.
Canfield High School will serve as host to the State Tournament for the 2012-2013 school year.