A strong season for speech and debate

Our speech and debate team recently finished as the Overall Sweepstakes Champions and the top speech and debate team at the State tournament for the second time! CA is proud to boast state champions in six different events: 

Alex Liu, ’26, Patrick Liu, ’26, Rehan Mahmood, ’26, and Anjali Narahari, ’26 – JV Lincoln Douglas Debate

Daphne DiFrancesco, ’26 and Raya Jung, ’26 – JV Public Forum Debate

Holden Lim, ’27 – Declamation

Kajal Parmar, ’26 – Extemporaneous Speaking

Hailey Zhang, ‘25 – Informative Speaking

Kainda Nzinga, ’25 – Program of Oral Interpretation

CA was also the Speech Sweepstakes winner for the third year. A huge thank you to Mr. Pellicciotta, the Director of Speech and Debate, and Mr. Horowitz and Mr. Warren for helping put CA speech and debate over the top. Congratulations to the entire speech and debate team. Go Chargers!

A strong start to an inaugural Ultimate Frisbee season

On Tuesday, the Upper School’s Ultimate Frisbee club won their first game of the season over Enloe High School. Ultimate centers around the Spirit of the Game principle, promoting fair play and joy. At the end of every match, both teams join a spirit circle to applaud the opposing team’s excellent sportsmanship and impressive plays. The club’s next matchup is at home against Apex Friendship on September 21. Be sure to come out and support these incredible Charger athletes! Congratulations on the first of many wins during this inaugural season!


Last Friday, Middle School math teacher and MATHCOUNTS coach, Mr. Crepsac, took 4 of MATHCOUNTS’s 40+ members to compete at the state level in the NC MATHCOUNTS Competition. For the first time in CA history, our Chargers took home the top prize, scoring 1st Place Team & 1st Place Individual. Way to go Chargers!

Among all individual competitors, Eric Zhu (’27) – 1st, scored the highest when ranked by individual scores. Because of this, Eric will be competing at the National Competition in Orlando, Florida. The next time you see any of the MATHCOUNTS team members, make sure to congratulate them on their victory.  

1st Place Team
Eric Zhu (’27) – Team Round
Lingfei Tang (’27) – Team Round
Derek Qi (’28) – Team Round 
Aiden Lu (’28) – Team Round
Coach: Erick Crepsac