Tarheel Forensic League State Championship

2023 — Charlotte, NC/US


Please help us in congratulation your 2023 State Champions:

In Novice Congressional Debate, Evie Salam from Myers Park HS

In JV Congressional Debate, Sneha Khetan from Ardrey Kell HS

In Congressional Debate, Lulu Burnside from Durham Academy

In Novice Lincoln-Douglas Debate, Rehan Mahmood & Yul Choi from Cary Academy

In JV Lincoln-Douglas Debate,Nethra Gopalakrishnan from Ardrey Kell HS

In Lincoln-Douglas Debate, Gil Altman & Emma Monroe from Myers Park HS

In Novice Public Forum Debate,Lachlan Lanik & Porter Williams from Myers Park HS

In JV Public Forum Debate, Ishaan Ahsan & Austine She from Ardrey Kell HS

In Public Forum Debate,Michael Hansen & Alex Huang and Veer Prakash & Ben Hodges from Durham Academy

In Declamation, Aida Lo from Cary Academy

In Dramatic Interpretation,Andrew Lim from Cary Academy

In Duo Interpretation, Samantha Perez & Isabel Chang from Cary Academy

In Novice Extemporaneous Speaking,Kai Forbach from Durham Academy

In Extemporaneous Speaking,Elizabeth Wong from Durham Academy

In Humorous Interpretation,Zechariah Hoppes from East Rutherford HS

In Novice Impromptu Speaking,Kai Forbach from Durham Academy

In Impromptu Speaking, Elizabeth Wong from Durham Academy

In Informative Speaking, Kiersten Hackman from Durham Academy

In Novice Original Oratory, Aliaksandra Palikouskaya from Cutherbertson HS

In Original Oratory,Isaac Barsoum from North Mecklenburg HS



Congratulations to winners of the Steven Davis Award of Excellence in Debate:
- In Third Place, Ardrey Kell HS
- In Second Place, Myers Park HS
- In First Place, Durham Academy

Congratulations to winners of the Kurt Earnst Award of Excellence in Speech:
- In Third Place, Pinecrest HS
- In Second Place, Durham Academy
- In First Place, Cary Academy

Congratulations to the winners of the Randal Shaver Small School Sweepstakes:
- In Third Place, Cuthbertson HS
- In Second Place, Northwest Guilford HS
- In First Place, North Mecklenburg HS

Congratulations to the winners of the Governor's Cup:
- In Fifth Place, Pinecrest HS
- In Fourth Place, Ardrey Kell HS
- In Third Place, Myers Park HS
- In Second Place, Cary Academy
- In First Place, Durham Academy

Click to view the calculations for the 2023 TFL Sweepstakes



Congratulations to the following winners:

- 2023 TFL Administrative Excellence Award:Nathan Allison from TC Roberson HS
- 2023 TFL Assistant Coach of the Year Award: Emma Smith from Durham Academy
- 2023 Mildred Hussey Coach of the Year Award: Megan Butt from Charlotte Latin School

- 2023 John Woolen/ Tarheel Forensic League Student of the Year: Zechariah Hoppes from East Rutherford HS
- 2023 Jackie Foote Award of Excellence in Congressional Debate: Samiksha Pyndi from Ardrey Kell HS



In order to file a protest, please fill out this form.

Applicable Rule Manuals at the TFL State Tournament:

2022-2023 NSDA HS Unified Manual

Fall 2021 NCFL Bylaws

2023 TFL State Tournament Manual



The Tarheel Forensic League (TFL) is committed to providing participants, judges, coaches, and volunteers the opportunity to pursue excellence in their endeavors. This opportunity can exist only

when each member of our community is assured an atmosphere of mutual respect.

The TFL prohibits all forms of harassment and discrimination. Accordingly, all forms of harassment and discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, marital status, citizenship, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, or any other characteristic protected by any applicable federal, state, or local law are prohibited, whether

committed by participants, judges, coaches, volunteers, and/or observers.

The TFL reserves all rights to subject violators to the full range of sanctions, up to and including removal from the tournament premises and referral to appropriate authorities. Any individual, or group of individuals, who believes they have been a victim of harassment and/or discrimination should report

it to the Tournament Director or appropriate authority immediately.

In order to file an equity concern, please fill out this form.


Dear Colleagues,

The Tarheel Forensic League would like to invite all member schools to the 2023 TFL State Championship to be held March 4th and 5th at Myers Park HS in Charlotte, North Carolina. This tournament will be in-person.

Events at this year’s in-person state tournament will be: Lincoln-Douglas Debate, Public Forum Debate, Congressional Debate, Original Oratory, Extemporaneous Speaking, Dramatic Interpretation, Humorous Interpretation, Duo-Interpretation, Program Oral Interpretation, Impromptu Speaking, Informative Speaking, and Declamation (9th and 10th grades only). This year students maytripleenterbetween speech events.Wewill not be able toallow double or triple entry between debate events and speech events.

Students in Open divisions will need to qualify for this tournament through a bid process. Learn more about that atthis link.Instructions on how to enter your qualification bids on Tabroom are available atthis link.

A JV division will be offered in LD, PF and Congress. The JV division of these events is open to any student in their first two years of competition with no bid qualification required. There is no qualification needed for JV divisions.

A novice division will be offered in all events.. The novice division of all events is open to any student in their first year of any forensic competition in high school (or a student who competed in two or less tournaments in their previous years of forensics competition). There is no qualification needed for novice divisions.

There is also no qualification needed for either division of Declamation, but it is limited to 9th and 10th graders.

Please note that we will be using the MARCH/APRIL Lincoln-Douglas topic and the MARCH Public Forum topic.

Please be sure to review all pages in the right hand column on our registration website.Most of the information you need can be found in theTFL Tournament Manual. All new changes for this year will behighlightedin yellowthroughout the manual. We will post announcements and updates on this website, so be sure to check back regularly.

PLEASE NOTE OUR IMPORTANT SUPERVISION RULE: At minimum, the Head Coach of Record must be present with his or her school for the entire duration of the tournament.If anyone other than the official head coach will be supervising the team, the school must present the TFL Executive Committee a letter to that effect signed by both the head coach and school principal. If any team is found at any time without the coach of record or officially approved adult chaperone on campus during tournament hours, the entire school will be disqualified from the tournament and a letter will be written to the school principal. All teams must be supervised at all times while they are on the host campus.

If at any time you have questions regarding this tournament or if there is anything we can help you with, please do not hesitate to contact TFL Chair, Crawford Leavoy (crawford.leavoy@da.org) at your earliest convenience.

Crawford Leavoy (Durham Academy) - Chair
Michael Bischoff (North Mecklenburg HS) - Vice Chair
Megan Butt (Charlotte Latin) - Treasurer
Brittanie McNeil (Massey Hill Classical HS) - Secretary
Taylor Sluder (TC Roberson) - Historian
Scott Bennett (Northwest Guilford HS) - Bidkeeper & Clerk of Congress
Keith Pittman (Asheville HS) - Alternate Member & Bidkeeper
Lynne Coyne (Myers Park HS)
Ben Denton (Pinecrest HS)
J Patrick Moss (East Rutherford HS & Chase HS)
Thomas Surber (Mountain Heritage HS) - Alternate Member