MCS VOX Knights rock recent competitions


The National Junior Speech and Debate Association and Primary Grade Forensic League VOX Knights and the VOX Knights officers gather for a group photo. (Contributed Photo)

Members of Mount Carmel School’s newest club, VOX Knights, fared well in recent competitions held by the Primary Grade Forensic League and the National Junior Speech and Debate Association.

In NJSDA, Jill Anne Mallari secured a place on the CNMI National Team that will compete in the NJSDA National Competition in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, this June. Mallari took second place in Original Oratory, second place in Poetry, and fifth place in Declamation.

The following Knights excelled throughout the year, earning them enough points to compete in the recently concluded regional competition: Raesyl Solis, Hannah Lacap, Renee Kiser, and Kyla Cabrera.

In PGFC, the following placed in the K-2 division: Jaze Enzo San Nicolas (first place Impromptu, fifth place Readers Forum Masters), Remiegem Melchor (first place Impromptu, third place Readers Forum Masters), and Donray Barcinas (fifth place Impromptu).

In the PGFC 3-5 division, the followed placed: Valerie Anne Estella (first place Impromptu), Kiana Sablan (second place Impromptu), Heleyna Dela Santa (thirrd place Impromptu), Justin Mallari (fourth place Impromptu), and Oscar Buenaflor (fifth place Impromptu)

Over the years, hundreds of Mount Carmel School Knights of all ages have distinguished themselves as accomplished orators who have won countless PGFC, NJSDA, and NSDA first place ribbons, seven CNMI Mock Trial Championships, and 18 wins in the annual Attorney General’s Cup Speech Competition. Capitalizing on this impressive track record, this year, speakers and debaters at the school came together to form a new club, VOX Knights. 

Taking its name from the Latin word for voice, VOX Knights brings together students of all grade levels who use their voice in various interscholastic competitions, including NSDA, NJSDA, PGFC, Mock Trial, and ITS. Together, these students have committed themselves to the club’s mission to dicere veritas et iustitia, which in Latin means, “speak truth and justice.” (PR)

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