Wildwood Catholic forensics team victorious

For the second straight year, Wildwood Catholic High School’s forensics team has topped other Diocese of Camden schools that field squads in the art of public speaking.

Wildwood Catholic has again claimed the Bishop’s Cup for most points attained during the regular season of competition and the McGettigan Trophy for its first place finish in the Dr. David Coghlan Memorial Forensic League Invitational, held on March 15 at Sacred Heart High School, Vineland.

Longtime moderator William Waters of the WCHS English Department was proud of this year’s team in light of having graduated so many speakers from last year’s team.

“They carried on the tradition here. Their dedication, along with outstanding leadership from our captains, really paid off. Considering how many Wildwood Catholic graduates tend to return to the area in professional positions of leadership, especially in law and education, it’s gratifying to see this group succeed,” he said.

Five team members, by virtue of finishing first in their respective categories, qualified at the Sacred Heart tournament to participate in the Grand National Forensic Tournament to be held Memorial Day weekend in Washington, D.C. The five qualifiers and their categories are Graham Neville (Extemporaneous Speech on current events), Katie Jett and Sarah Visalli (Duo Interpretation of the play Porch), Bror Eric Axelsson IV (Original Oratory), and Ashley Patten (Dramatic Performance of Joan of Arc). Garnering second place trophies were Olivia Gorecke (Declamation) and Kaitlin Zinkewich (Original Oratory).

Additional members of the Wildwood Catholic forensics team this year are Eric Komar, Mark Rucci, Maddie McGlade, Megan Metzler, Maria Chambers, Thomas DePaul, Luke Gegan, Joe Jett, Rita Marino, William Metzler, Eva Louderback, and Sarah McBride.

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