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July 3, 2007 > Logan dominates forensics nationals again

Logan dominates forensics nationals again

Three James Logan High School students won individual awards as Logan walked away with another unofficial national championship at the National Forensic League tournament last week in Wichita, Kansas.

Sophomore Cameron Steele finished first in Humorous Interpretation and juniors Taron Grizzell and Karen Joshi finished first in Duo Interpretation as Coach Tommie Lindsey's team won School of Excellence awards in both speech and debate. It marked the 10th consecutive year that Logan has won a School of Excellence award.

Senior Bilal Malik also reached the final round in his specialty, the prestigious Lincoln-Douglas Debate, finishing second.

Logan students competed in 197 "rounds," the highest number in the 77-year history of the NFL, Assistant Coach Tim Campbell said. The previous record of 183 was set by Logan in 2006.

The NFL doesn't recognize a team champion, but the school whose students compete in the highest number of rounds is generally regarded as the unofficial national champion. This is the third consecutive year that Logan students have amassed the most rounds.

"In an educational climate of baseline standards and exit exams, we need to be reminded that in the most competitive academic activity available to any student, Logan's students shine," Campbell said.

More than 1,000 schools took part in the competition, most with four or five qualifiers, Campbell said. Logan had 18 qualifiers.

In addition to the four students who made the finals, seniors Ahmad Asir and Kyle Curson finished third in Public Forum, sophomore Victor Gutierrez finished eighth in Dramatic Interpretation, senior Skender Najibi and sophomore Idrees Najibi finished ninth in Duo Interpretation, and seniors Akash Pradhan and Johnny Lin finished ninth in Policy Debate.

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