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Debaters hoping careers end on top

Three Fargo Shanley graduating seniors are the top three National Forensic League student point leaders heading into the 2003 National Speech Tournament scheduled next week in Atlanta, according to pre-tournament figures released by the NFL.

Three Fargo Shanley graduating seniors are the top three National Forensic League student point leaders heading into the 2003 National Speech Tournament scheduled next week in Atlanta, according to pre-tournament figures released by the NFL.

Brady Littlefield has 1718 career points, followed by Natalia Espejo with 1609 and Paul Storm with 1597.

Littlefield, Espejo and Storm are currently in first, second and third place among the NFL's nearly 100,000 student members nationwide and 2,500 National Tournament contestants, who will be competing in debate, speech and student congress events in Atlanta.

In addition, Littlefield and Espejo will receive the "Wayne E. Brown 'Show Me Excellence Award'" as two of only seven students competing in Atlanta who have participated in four consecutive National Tournaments during their high school careers. In 2002, they finished 11th in policy debate out of 204 teams.

Storm, who was fifth in Lincoln-Douglas debate last year, will make his third trip to the National Tournament.

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All three have double-qualified in both debate and speech events for the 2003 competition.

Ryan Thoreson, Fargo Shanley, and Scot Miller, Fargo South, are eighth and 10th, respectively, in the preliminary All-American standings. Thoreson will compete in policy debate and Miller will compete in the National Student Congress.

The top 25 point leaders will be named 2003 NFL All-Americans following the National Tournament.

Other area students included in the North Dakota delegation to the National Tournament are Jeff Bozovsky, Megan Kosse, David Thoreson, Matthew Sinner, Amanda Gapp and Annie Krapu, all from Fargo Shanley, Adam Torson and Roxanne Beauclair, both from Fargo South, and Divya Agarwal, Mayuree Rao and Andrew Grimm, all from Fargo North.

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