Nova High School Student Wins National Debate Championship

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Congratulations to Nova High School senior Greg Bernstein for being named a National Champion in the Congressional Debate (Senate Division) of the 2013 Lincoln Financial Group/National Forensic League National Speech and Debate Tournament.   The competition took place in Birmingham, Alabama on June 17th – 21st, and included students from more than 1,000 schools across the country, as well as competitors from the U.S. Territory of Guam, China, and Korea.  For taking top honors, Bernstein earned $6,000 in college scholarships.

Bernstein’s National Championship marks the seventh year that a Nova High School student has won first place during the prestigious National Speech and Debate Tournament.  In addition, based on overall performances during this year’s competition, both Nova High School and Cypress Bay High School were named Schools of Outstanding Distinction, ranking them among the top 10 schools in the nation.

“This is the world’s largest academic competition. Just qualifying to compete at this level is a tremendous accomplishment.  The fact that our schools also rank among the very best in the country is a testament to how hard our students and coaches have worked to develop competitive programs,” said Lisa L. Miller, Nova High School Debate Coach and Debate Coordinator for the Broward Initiative.

Also earning top recognition during the 2013 Lincoln Financial Group/National Forensic League National Speech and Debate Tournament:

Nova High School   Coaches: Lisa Miller with support from Principal John LaCasse
David Jakubowicz 2nd place, Congressional Debate-House and Leadership Bowl- House
Brent O’Connor 3rdplace, Humorous Interpretation
Stephanie Bernstein 13thplace, Original Oration
Costin Anghel Octofinalist, International Extemporaneous Speaking
Jade Pestritto Top 18,Expository Speaking
Ceressa Freeman Quarterfinalist, Poetry
Dillon Chepp 14thplace, Congressional Debate-House
Justin Hill 9thplace, Congressional Debate- Senate
Raymond Rif Finalist, Congressional Debate- House
Cypress Bay High School Coaches: Megan West, Ben Miller and Nick Montecalvo with support     from Principal Scott Neely
Zachary Gorwitz 3rdplace, Congressional Debate- House & Leadership Bowl- Senate
Josh Ulino & Ignacio Sabate Top 60, Team Debate
Megan Hirsh & Ben Sandler Top 20, Public Forum Debate
Omer Bensadon Top 60,Oration & Quarterfinalist, Impromptu
Isabella Paretti Quarterfinalist, Intl. Extemporaneous Speaking
Jeremy Gutner 8thplace, Congressional Debate- House

For more information about the National Forensic League Speech and Debate Honor Society, visit


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