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July 5, 2005 > Logan Forensics Team wins national honors again

Logan Forensics Team wins national honors again

by Rick La Plante

One month after being named the top forensics team in California, James Logan High School claimed at least a share of the unofficial national championship last week at the annual National Forensics League tournament in Philadelphia.

Although no official national forensics champion is crowned, Coach Tommie Lindsey's Logan debaters survived more "rounds" than any other team during the five days of competition, an unofficial way of determining the winner.

"It must make the Union City community happy to know that they have the best team in the country," said author and forensics coaching legend Randy McCutchon, a member of the National Forensics League Hall of Fame.

In the unofficial team point totals, Eagan (Minn.) High and Logan finished far ahead of the rest of the field of more than 800 schools, Eagan earning 1,197 points and Logan 1,193. The third-place team had 1,077 points, and only three other teams scored over 1,000.

Logan, which also won a ``School of Excellence'' award for the ninth year in a row, had 17 students qualify for nationals, either individually or as part of a duo. Of Logan's 13 entries, 12 advanced through the first six rounds of competition into the second stage.

The Logan teams of Alan Jaing/Jonathan Harris and Alexander Tan/Joe Armamento both reached the finals in Duo Interpretation, the first time in the history of the tournament that two teams from the same school reached the finals, Coach Lindsey said. A team from Texas won the final round.

Logan's Nathaniel Nguyen finished second in Poetry Reading, and teammate Nicholas Parrilla finished 12th in Dramatic Interpretation.

Last month, Logan won the California state championship, finishing first among nearly 160 schools at a competition held in Northridge. It marked the fifth time since 1996 that Logan has won the state title; no other public school has won more than twice.

Tan and Armamento were state champions in Duo Interpretation and three other Logan seniors won championships: Mike Joshi and Justin Hinojoza in the Lincoln-Douglas Debate; and Raja Narayan in Expository Speaking.

Both the forensics team and Logan's championship track and field team were honored last Thursday night at the regular meeting of the Board of Education.

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