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While many students spent Memorial Day Weekend, barbecuing and visiting family, 27 students, members of Milton’s Speech and Debate team, traveled to New York City to compete in the Catholic Forensic League Grand National Championship.

After three grueling days of competition, the Milton Academy Speech and Debate team received the Daniel J Masterson Jr. Award, and was named the 2001 Overall Sweepstakes Champions. Milton students were entered in nine out of the ten events held at the competition. With 230 students competing in each event, it was quite an accomplishment for the Milton team to advance in almost every category. Even more impressive, 13 of the 27 Milton students broke into the octofinal rounds, more than any other school in the country.

Ben Rothstein ’01 made Milton history that same weekend when he went undefeated against 200 of the country’s best debaters to become the first Milton student to win the National Championship in Lincoln-Douglas debate.

Other winners included semifinalists Mike Daley ’01 in Congress and Harry Long ’02 in Extemporaneous Speaking; quarterfinalists Scott Chaloff ’04 in Declamation, Hillary Frankel ’02 and Amin Kidar ’01 in Duo, Caroline Davis ’01 in Oratory and Josh Bone ’04 and Hays Golden ’02 in Extemporous Speaking and octofinalists Sami Kriegstein ’04 and Cristina Ros ’04 in Duo, Pablo Ros ’02 in Extemporous Speaking, and Sam Cohan ’01 in Oratory.