It was an exciting end of the season for the Forensics team this year, as their ongoing rivalry with SIS (Seoul International School) made for a photo finish.
The first three preliminary tournaments, beginning in October and finishing in March, make up the KAIAC Conference Championship. (KAIAC stands for the Korean-American Interscholastic Activities Conference.) The team won the first tournament here at KIS, but then fell significantly behind by dropping the second tournament at SIS in November. This spring, our KIS team entered the third tournament at TCIS (Taejon Christian International School) having quite a large deficit to make up, and students worked long and hard to try to pull out the win. It was an amazing win at TCIS, with both Speech and Debate students pulling out all of the stops. At TCIS, on Speech day, First Place trophies were brought home by Sara in Prose, Matthew in Poetry, and Leona and Erica in Dual Interpretation. On Saturday, the Debate team dominated with a full sweep (First, Second, and Third places) in Public Forum Debate (with Jessica and Ariel taking First place), and Subin and Jay bringing home the First place in Parliamentary Debate. Unfortunately, while it was a valiant effort, the team fell just short. Falling to SIS by a mere .04 points over three tournaments, the team brought home Second place.
This month, on Friday, April 8th and Saturday the 9th, our KIS team came into the KAIAC Conference Championship Tournament at GSIS (Gyeongi Suwon International School) vowing revenge. They worked hard in the weeks leading up to the final and most important tournament of the season, and finished the Speech portion of the tournament strong. Once again, Sarah took First in Prose, and Leona and Erica took First in Dual Interpretation. Katie also brought home a First place medal in Impromptu. The Debate team on Saturday fought hard, with Jessica and Ariel again bringing home the First place medal in Public Forum debate. All told, the difference with the strong SIS team was once again less than one percentage point, but this time it was KIS who came on top!
There was much to celebrate at the Awards Luncheon held last Thursday. The Most Valuable plaque went to Amy, the Most Improved plaque to Jessica, and the Coach’s Award to Subin.
The KIS Forensics team proved once again this year their dedication and skill. Over the past three years, they have brought home two KAIAC Conference Championships and two KAIAC Tournament Championships. Including both Preliminary and Championship Tournaments, they have won ten of the past 12 tournaments! With results like that, there can by no other word but “dominant” applied to this amazing group of students.