SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ – Several members of the Union Catholic Forensic Team put in impressive performances to lead the squad to third in a Catholic Forensic League tournament in Newark last Saturday.

The Vikings received a 1,2 finish from Michael Mahaffey (first) and Casey Arias in Declamation. Yvonne Agyapong took fourth place in the Original Oratory and Adrian Hou took sixth place in the student congress.

In the debate in the public forum, the teams of Jacqueline Carey and Alana Beardsley and Sophia Wright and Abby Hunsinger both reached the quarter-finals. It was a huge accomplishment for Carey and Beardsley as they became the first sophomore duo to break this season in competition for the varsity debate. Dr. Edward Sagendorf, the head coach of UC’s forensics team, was delighted with his team’s performance.

“This was another successful meeting for the Union’s Catholic Forensics,” said coach Sagendorf. “This was especially important for those students vying for nationals. I am still impressed with the dedication and talent of our team.”

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