GCA K-12 Eagles soar high in forensics


Grace Christian Academy students from Kindergarten to 12th grade soared high in forensic competitions for the past two months. They have shown excellence by winning in different events like reading, public speaking, interpretations, and debate.

With fewer numbers of competitors in December, GCA’s Kindergarten to 5th graders even improved their number of wins in the Primary Grades Forensic Conference compared to the same month last year. They won six first places in different events.

Like their younger schoolmates, GCA’s 17 students from 6th grade to 8th grade soared high in the National Junior Speech and Debate Association. So did 11 GCA students in 9th to 12th grades in the National Speech and Debate Association competition in November. All of the NJSDA and NSDA competitors won one or more of the events they competed in.

The administration, faculty and staff, and parents of Grace Christian Academy were very proud of each student and would like to extend their congratulations to the following winners and everyone who participated in these islandwide competitions.


Dramatic Interpretation A
Breanna May Lopez, 4th Place
Aiyana Victory Fatialofa, 5th Place

Humorous Interpretation A
Aiyana Victory Fatialofa, 3rd Place

Humorous Interpretation B
Maria Sofia Gomez, 2nd Place
Breanna May Lopez, 4th Place
Akira Ito, 5th Place

Impromptu Speaking A
Mariska Badal, 5th Place

Impromptu Speaking C
Min Su Andy Kim, 2nd Place

Readers Forum Masters B
Justin Yao Ma, 3rd Place
Shewoo Kim, 4th Place
Rafael Ablog, 5th Place

Choral Speaking A
Min Su Andy Kim, 3rd Place
Rafael Ablog, 3rd Place
Clarisse Marzan, 3rd Place


Dramatic Interpretation A
Tae Hee Kim, 1st Place
William Matthew Cano, 2nd Place
Jennifer Woo, 3rd Place
Azriel Fatialofa, 4th Place

Humorous Interpretation A
Serim Woo, 3rd Place

Duo Interpretation A
Moira Grace Ernest, 1st Place
Seungeun Olivia Ha, 1st Place
Ashley Ji Hye Jeon, 4th Place
Kei Lizama, 4th Place

Impromptu Speaking A
Moira Grace Ernest, 1st Place
Serim Woo, 3rd Place
Angieleysha Marie Punzalan,
4th Place
Sena Woo, 5th Place

Impromptu Speaking B
Tae Young Lee, 2nd Place
Sara Elizabeth Keaton, 3rd Place
Nestor Ablog Jr., 4th Place
Janus Roman, 5th Place

Readers Forum A
Janus Roman, 3rd Place

Readers Forum Masters B
Tae Hee Kim, 1st Place
Jennifer Woo, 4th Place

Readers Forum Masters C
Ashley Ji Hye Jeon, 1st Place
Kei Lizama, 5th Place

Readers Forum Masters D
Angieleysha Marie Punzalan, 4th Place
Yellena Sarang Kim, 5th Place

Choral Speaking A
Yellena Sarang Kim, 1st Place
Alyssa Kim, 1st Place
Jeongyun Jang, 1st Place
Jung Woo Kim, 1st Place
Rafael Busby, 1st Place

K5 teacher Sheryl Joy Prieto; 1st Grade teacher Courtney Poppinga; 2nd Grade teacher Miriam Dilse; 3rd Grade teacher Rosanna Lopez; 4th Grade teacher Amanda Haas; 5th Grade teacher Leah Garfil; and PGFC coach/coordinator Esther Manzano
Judges/volunteers: Joan Taitano, Desolie Calayo, Benjie Vivero, Minna Ito, Yujin Lee, Melody Woo, Charissa Parco, Martin Pangilinan, Arvin Dayao, Jabez Victoria


Lincoln Douglas Debate
Na Lee Christy Lee, 2nd Place
Jonathan Lee, 3rd Place

Duo Interpretation A
Soleil Lamar, 2nd Place
Brandie Matsumoto, 2nd Place
Joyce Liv Francisco, 3rd Place
Eun Ena Sol Kim, 3rd Place

Duo Interpretation B
Haeun Emily Lee, 1st Place
Gayeon Angela Kim, 1st Place
Jie Du, 5th Place
Jun Du, 5th Place

Humorous Interpretation A
Steven Adriatico, 2nd Place
Matthew Gabriel Ernest, 3rd Place

Humorous Interpretation B
Maui Johnson, 3rd Place
Joyce Liv Francisco, 4th Place

Impromptu Speech A
Anthony Jacob Camacho, 1st Place
Matthew Gabriel Ernest, 5th Place

Impromptu Speech C
Soleil Lamar, 3rd Place
Brandie Matsumoto, 4th Place

Impromptu Speech D
Jonathan Lee, 2nd Place
Na Lee Christy Lee, 5th Place

Extemporaneous Speech A
Anthony Jacob Camacho,
1st Place
James Alexander Keaton,
2nd Place
Na Lee Christy Lee, 3rd Place

Story Telling C
Maui Johnson, 1st Place
Poetry Reading B
Michelle Ji Yeon Jeon, 5th Place

Poetry Reading Masters A
Maui Johnson, 3rd Place

Poetry Reading Masters D
Gayeon Angela Kim, 5th Place

Prose Reading A
Steven Adriatico, 1st Place

Prose Reading D
Jinju Thompson, 4th Place
Michelle Ji Yeon Jeon, 5th Place

Prose Reading Masters C
Brandie Matsumoto, 3rd Place
Jonathan Lee, 4th Place
Soleil Lamar, 5th Place


Lincoln Douglas Debate
Hyunin Harry Noh, 2nd Place

Dramatic Interpretation A
Yujin Lee, 1st Place
Johnny Jin, 5th Place

Dramatic Interpretation A
Tae Yong Kim, 2nd Place

Humorous Interpretation A
Kaydie Claude Aquino,
5th Place

Duo Interpretation B
Eun Kyung Alice Kim, 4th Place
Sein Woo, 4th Place

Original Oratory A
Sumin Melody Woo, 4th Place

US Extemporaneous Speech
Martin Angelo Pangilinan, 2nd Place
Arvin Dayao, 3rd Place

International Extemporaneous Speech
Hyunin Harry Noh, 1st Place
Lanz Jabez Victoria, 3rd Place

Impromptu Speech C
Tae Yong Kim, 4th Place

Impromptu Speech D
Martin Angelo Pangilinan,
2nd Place
Arvin Dayao, 3rd Place
Lanz Jabez Victoria, 4th Place

Poetry Reading Masters A
Sein Woo, 3rd Place
Kaydie Claude Aquino, 4th Place

Poetry Reading Masters B
Yujin Lee, 1st Place
Eun Kyung Alice Kim, 5th Place

Lanz Jabez Victoria, 3rd Place
Martin Angelo Pangilinan,
4th Place
Arvin Dayao, 5th Place

NJSDA/NSDA coach/coordinator: Grace Duran
Competition registrar: Esther Manzano
Judges: Pastor Connie Chandler, Laila Portuguez Jay Kwang Oh, Bethany Garfil

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